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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  • July 19, 2017
    No, it’s Saint-Ouen Abbey Church, (pronounced owen), is a large Gothic Roman Catholic famous for both its architecture and its large, unaltered Cavaillé-Coll organ, which Charles-Marie Widor described...  more »
  • July 15, 2017
    The church is huge. If you look at the ground plan how it was originally, or is even bigger. What power did the Abby exercise over the people and the City, enormous I imagine. Much of the building was...  more »
  • July 9, 2017
    The Abbot is a living witness of the Church's role in the development of France as a country and culture. It is unfortunate that Park around of the Abbey is a trash can in the morning, because of the night party groups who leave their trash everywhere. Even if there is a public service of waste collection, each person could be more responsible of its waste. Shame on them!
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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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