Abbatiale Saint-Ouen, Rouen

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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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  • Our shuttle bus let us get off in front of this church. We were immediately impressed by this Gothic building. Inside there was less church, because there was a big exhibition there. We still enjoyed the beautiful windows and the altar. Highly recommended.
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  • Dating back to the 14th century this is a glorious example of flamboyant Gothic architecture with two spire towers and a central 82 metre high spire called 'The Crown of Normandy'. INside is impressiv...  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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