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St. Ouen's Abbey, Rouen

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Admire the striking Gothic architecture of the well-preserved St. Ouen's Abbey, towering over the town with its sharply-pointed spires and decorations. Originally founded as a monastery during the 8th century, the church later grew into a center of Benedictine Catholic influence and received many remodels during the following centuries. Enter the church to experience its array of tall, stained-glass windows that bring a great deal of light into the interior, and explore the vaulted hallways, naves, and cloisters within. Don't miss seeing the late 19th-century pipe organ inside: it's one of France's most famous and treasured instruments of its kind. If time permits, wander the church's extensive gardens and grounds. Use our Rouen vacation route planner to add St. Ouen's Abbey and other attractions to your Rouen vacation plans.
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If your main reason for visiting Rouen is its famous cathedral, which inspired Monet to paint dozens of canvasses, consider booking your room at a hotel in or around the city center. Despite being within walking distance of the cathedral and the river, hotels in this area provide comfort and privacy at modest prices. If you're looking to splurge and location isn't your priority, think about staying at a luxurious hotel-spa situated farther outside the city, where you can have access to heated outdoor pools.
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  • This building is so impressive. I learnt that as the Cathedral (just up the street) was being built the monks that were planning the building of the Abbey learnt of the dimensions, and made the Abbey ...  more »
  • We wanted to see this cathedral, not so much for its architecture, but for its organ, once referred to as the "Michelangelo of Organs". The church has not been used for religious purposes since the Fr...  more »
  • The basilique was a part of a larger compound including convent, cloister, dormitories … It is not used anymore for religious purposes but for art exhibitions. The gardens around are very quiet and th...  more »