Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, Rouen

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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.
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  • In the heart of the beautiful town of Rouen, this large cathedral features gorgeous stained glass windows, stunning architecture, and the tomb of Richard the Lion Hearted. There was quite a bit of... 
    In the heart of the beautiful town of Rouen, this large cathedral features gorgeous stained glass windows, stunning architecture, and the tomb of Richard the Lion Hearted. There was quite a bit of...  more »
  • This cathedral looks odd from the exterior as it was built over the course of several centuries. This is worth a visit but it is not as elaborate as many you will see in Europe. 
    This cathedral looks odd from the exterior as it was built over the course of several centuries. This is worth a visit but it is not as elaborate as many you will see in Europe.  more »
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  • We were in Rouen for the 1st night of the Cathedral light show, and it was fantastic. Very clever use of projectors and using the facade as a screen. The interactive part was a bit lame but otherwise brilliant. The inside of the building is very impressive with many stained glass windows and intricate carvings.
  • This Cathedral is an amazing piece of art built and rebuilt over eight centuries from 8th to 16th century, with an earlier one standing there as early as 4c. Therefore, you can spot very different architecture styles best seen in its three towers each in different style - Gothic, Flamboyant and Renaissance. The facade is simply astonishing being the one of the best I've ever seen, and I saw hundreds of them all over the world. It's grandeur is overwhelming compared to Rouen size which is in fact a small city. The interiors are pretty much the same as many others in this part of France with huge tall Gothic arches, fantastic stained glass and rose window. On the square in front of it, by the right tower is a plaque signing the place from where the famous impressionist Monet painted many paintings of the Cathedral in various weather conditions and different times of year. Another spot of his from where he painted, as well a beautiful place to capture the entire Rouen panorama is Cote Saint Catherine (see that review), from where you can clearly see how this Cathedral dominates the city.

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