Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, Rouen

Experience the gothic inspiration that Impressionist painter Claude Monet felt at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, where he filled 28 canvasses with the image of this cathedral. Gargoyles that dominate the rooftop stare down as you approach the façade, but even higher up is the soaring 151-m (495-ft) lantern tower atop the transept. Prepare for sweeping panoramic views of the Norman old town and Seine Valley from the lookouts.

The abbey also has several burials, including the tomb that contained Richard the Lionheart's heart. The cathedral's strong musical tradition means you may hear a talented organist playing the massive Jacquot-Lavergne organ. The preserved archiepiscopal palace and its conserved auxiliary buildings dating to the 12th century are rare gems in France. To visit Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen on your holiday in Rouen, and find out what else Rouen has to offer, use our Rouen day trip planner .
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  • I didn't visit the interior, just make tour around the cathedral to watch the different views. If you visit Rouen don't miss the abbey were Jean D'Arc was crowned and the sorrounding streets with real...  more »
  • One of the most beautiful cathedrals in France. The "stone lace" found there in many places, the silhouette slender like a huge ship, its vertiginous arrow, and so many masterpieces inside the nave. I have a weakness for the "portal of booksellers", but it is necessary to see the crypt, the work of several generations of workers and artists, the Tower of butter, the rosaces... Each visitor can stroll, collect, accumulate indoor-outdoor photos. An experience not to be missed!
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  • World famous iconic cathedral with its flying buttresses and medieval architecture. The best views are from a boat on the Seine. There are visible signs of decay outside the building and it is very crowded at peak times.
  • Amazing cathedral, with the highest pike in France (Europe even?). A lot of history in and around. Almost always opened to visitors.
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