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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  • Beautiful cathedral but how sad to see it so dilapidated; inside and out. Statues have been descended in order, certainly to restore them. They are deposited behind the hotel.
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  • Very nice tour of flamboyant Gothic art. The west gate has regained its white stone colours.
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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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