St Ouen's Abbey, Rouen

St Ouen's Abbey, Rouen - Address, Phone Number

Address: Place du Général de Gaulle, 76000 Rouen, France

Phone: +33-232083240

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Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

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About St Ouen's Abbey, Rouen

Though founded in the 7th century, this is classic Late Gothic architecture at its finest. Larger than Rouen Cathedral yet less ornately decorated, it’s architectural sensibilities are much more starkly felt. Set into a picturesque neighbourhood, it’s form is pure, befitting the building that once a Benedictine powerhouse.

To see:

  • 80 magnificent stained glass windows that beautifully filter daylight.
  • The octagonal lantern tower.
  • A grand 19th century pipe organ – one of the most recorded instruments in the world.
  • 14th century choir.
  • 15th century nave.

St Ouen's Abbey Information

  • See if you can catch the organ practice.
  • There’s a light show held in the evening, though timings vary. Ask, and come back for it.
  • The abbey hosts art exhibits from time to time.
  • Makes for brilliant photography.

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  • I feel so lucky to have been one of the privileged few that have played the gorgeous organ in this marvelous Abbey!

  • We had to wait until they opened the church but it was well worth it!

  • For such a major monument, it's surprising that it's not open every day (it's closed on Mondays and Fridays, and from noon to 2pm).

  • This place is so beautiful that words cannot describe it. Seeing it in pictures is one thing, but seeing it in person is entirely another. Spend some time here to take in the breathtaking beauty, to feel the serenity and to ponder the amazement that such a structure was ever built.

  • The city is fairly nice with easy street parking but nothing really special. The story of the Cathedral's rebuilding and history is the most interesting.

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