Abbatiale Saint-Ouen, Rouen

4.4
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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  • We were hard to imagine what we were going to see. Outside there are warning signs that debris can come down. We did have to wait a few moments to get in. Then we have only a few moments in the park that is on the walk. The beautiful outside work does not reflect inside (bare walls), but you can admire the size of this abbey church
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  • Great Example of its type,especially from a distance, but the closer you get,the more the decay becomes obvious,in places the roof is patched with zinc sheets and the stonework supported by wood strip...  more »
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  • There is currently an "Exposition Mythologies" from Nov 3-Dec 15, featuring art with the theme of animal cruelty. Visually stunning church with an enormous organ inside, and a picturesque little garden outside with seating and a small playground. I don't think the church is actively used as a place of worship, but is instead used as a free art gallery. Since it's right downtown in Rouen, it's worth dropping by to at least admire the impressive facade.
  • Closed at certain times, but it’s incredible. Stained glass everywhere and a beautiful park behind it for a picnic.
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