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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to St. Ouen's Abbey by using our Rouen tour itinerary maker website .
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  • a church almost as beautiful as the Cathedral except that the stones were not cleaned so it looked sad from what on the outside .... in an impressive church, without banks, some chairs .... a huge space ..... alone therefore especially .... a beautiful space .... something you see in almost no other country ...
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  • Former Church of the Abbey of St Ouen this impressive building desacralized surprises by its dimensions, 134 metres long and 33 metres in height, superb lighting by 80 stained-glass windows that surround it; It is one of the most beautiful gothic churches in France. Completely empty it houses temporary exhibitions, but above all she has one of the most powerful organs carried out in 1890, Cavaillé-Coll's masterpiece. Many concerts are given but it's especially the Grand Orgue the most recorded in the world, the acoustics are impressive. Must visit.
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  • Beautiful Abbey. We found out, that the Abbey is used for wedding's, as we went for a visit. There is a lovely garden with exhibition of art. A museum and spectacular hall ways. The building itself is...  more »

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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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