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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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  • A great Gothic building whose ships have amazing height. A large body of uncommon sound despite its age. And bright gardens that allow to enjoy the apse and the architecture of flying buttresses.
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  • Most people go see the main Rouen cathedral and perhaps forget about this one. It is later gothic style and truly worth going to. Avoid lunch hours as it is closed, but it is quiet, beautiful, not as ...  more »
  • The abbey has been repurposed for civic and cultural events. We were so fortunate during the days of patrimony in mid September that the exhibit there featured the top masters of craftsmanship from th...  more »