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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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  • The abbey building is the only one that remained from the whole abbaye area. The building is huge, very beautiful and worthy to see - I actually liked it better than cathedral, partly because of the a...  more »
  • View from the outside. Building imposing Gothic style which is adjacent to the Town Hall of Rouen. Around the Abbey, a garden with three points of curiosity: the statue of Rollo, founder and first Duke of Normandy installed in the Garden since 1865, a local artist, Arsène Letellier. We immediately notice that the statue has been tagged in several places and that the stone was amputated (naturally or purposely?) in several places. A finding that is shocking since it is a strong symbol of identity and Norman history and heritage. In addition, this statue is not in the location that it deserves by example, on the square in front of the town hall or at a place of very high visibility. Only later in the garden, another statue, the Belgian poet Emile Verhaeren died in Rouen. Same observation distressing: the pedestal that bears this statue has been tagged. Finally, interesting third element: the copy in granite of a runic stone known as "Pierre of Jelling" which was offered by the Denmark to the city of Rouen in 2011 on the occasion of the Millennium of Normandy. This stone of course recalls the Viking origins of Normandy but his location is there also, curiously little rewarding. A walk in the gardens will teach you so probably less on Norman history on some disrespectful current mentalities of the history of a territory and common cultural property. Edifiant!
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  • Surprisingly, seemed much more interesting, the famous Rouen Cathedral, eh not something painted by Monet. Here, all the greater, more powerful, refined and lighten up. However, after the trio ruanskih cathedrals, Paris Notre-Dame Will no longer seem so interesting at all.
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