Abbatiale Saint-Ouen, Rouen

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Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Religious Site
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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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  • It was 40 years ago when we last saw this magnificent historical building and it was so, so, very sad to see it neglected and damp and dark and friendless. Who let it get in this condition...sinful.....  more
    It was 40 years ago when we last saw this magnificent historical building and it was so, so, very sad to see it neglected and damp and dark and friendless. Who let it get in this condition...sinful.....  more »
  • The Saint-Ouen Abbey is a typical Norman style Abbey we saw many of on our Normandy-Brittany tour. It stands in central Rouen next door to the City Hall. This one in Rouen stands out in its grandeur.....  more
    The Saint-Ouen Abbey is a typical Norman style Abbey we saw many of on our Normandy-Brittany tour. It stands in central Rouen next door to the City Hall. This one in Rouen stands out in its grandeur.....  more »
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  • The Saint-Ouen Abbey is a typical Norman style Abbey we saw many of on our Normandy-Brittany tour. It stands in central Rouen next door to the City Hall. This one in Rouen stands out in its grandeur and Gothic beauty, with amazing attention to details. Astonishing exterior and typical interior with great stained glass and tall arches inside
  • I recommend that you come to the back of the church, where you will get a nice view from the garden (you can also sit down for snack or refil your bottle with the water provided by the city)

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