Abbatiale Saint-Ouen, Rouen

4.4
Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Religious Site
Admire the striking Gothic architecture of the well-preserved Abbatiale Saint-Ouen, 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 Abbatiale Saint-Ouen by using our Rouen tour itinerary maker website.
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  • We only passed this place but the size and the magnificence of it was hard to miss. It is located beside the Hotel de Ville so it was a bit far from the main city area. It would have been nice to...  more »
  • I particularly liked this Gothic Abbey, probably because light streamed in to fill the vast open space. The number of beautiful stained glass windows are quite stunning. However its grounds outside.....  more »
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  • A magnificent church that is no longer a church. I still have a difficult time wrapping my head around the fact that such a grandiose, magnificent building is sitting empty and being left to slowly rot away. It is now occasionally used for modest musical concerts. Many of the outside areas are fenced off due to the danger of parts of the outer walls and roof structures (including statuary and embellishments) falling off. Do yourself a favor and visit the inside. It's trally quite impressive and magnificent. Also quite sad.
  • Absolutely amazing and beautiful almost ex church. Build in gothic style, there's no more religious stuff, so it's just very old building. Must see for all those who admire gothic architecture! Free entrance, in summer 2019 free organ and trumpet concerts on Sunday.

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