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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  • We thought we discover an ancient Abbey, well no. In fact, he comes to the old Abbey Church, emptied of its furniture, and become a center of exhibition for local artists. This isn't a visit to an Abbey. However, even in this context, the building is notable and by far dominates this part of the city - it is a historical place
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  • It is without doubt very beautiful inside, set to see come not a Monday or a Friday. It is said clearly (and only) on the website of the Abbey. Wrong info from the office of tourism (by phone) and we found door close (a Friday...). If the Interior is in the image of the outside, absolutely seems this visit. Lovers of the beautiful stones will be impressed by the work of sculptors for the façade. The Tower of the building is very pleasant, a small garden around the choir. A remake an opening day...
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  • I found that there was something about the abbey. It is a large and in many ways a relatively plain building but its setting with the gardens and the feeling of emptiness inside made it very different...  more »
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