Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, Rouen

#1 of 73 in Historic Sites in Seine-Maritime
Must see · Architectural Building · Church
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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  • This Cathedral is stunning and absolutely worth a trip. I have seen the Cathedral twice now and it's spectacular no matter how many times I see it. In early Aug, I had the opportunity to visit for.....  more »
  • We were lucky enough to see the Cathedral during the light show festival, which was amazing. But the Cathedral itself really is stunning! Well worth a visit!  more »
  • 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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