St Ouen's Abbey

Currently Closed
  • Address: Place du Général de Gaulle, 76000 Rouen, France
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +33-232083240
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Tags: Religious Site, Family And Kids, Architecture , Cathedral

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.

  • 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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  • St Ouen's Abbey Address: Place du Général de Gaulle, 76000 Rouen, France
  • St Ouen's Abbey Contact Number: +33-232083240
  • St Ouen's Abbey Timing: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • St Ouen's Abbey Price: Free
  • Best time to visit St Ouen's Abbey(preferred time): 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
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  • 95% of people who visit Rouen include St Ouen's Abbey in their plan

  • 58.76% of people start their St Ouen's Abbey visit around 11 AM - 12 PM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see St Ouen's Abbey

Monday, Tuesday and Saturday

59.28% of people prefer walking in order to reach St Ouen's Abbey

People normally club together St. Maclou's Church and Rue Eau De Robec while planning their visit to St Ouen's Abbey.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • 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.

  • I The cathedral is a lovely spot to view the windows and quietly reflect upon life. We we're fortunate to hear a trumpet and organ concert that was quite good. The acoustics in the cathedral are amazing.

  • Even if it was Monday and the church was closed, i could appreciate from the outside the magnificent gothic style and also stroll around the gardens that are really pretty and a good spot for a picnic 😋

  • One afternoon in May 2018 while we were in Rouen, my wife and I visited St Ouen's Abbey. My wife had read that the Abbey’s organ is one of the finest musical instruments in the world. The abbey is a magnificent structure. I was surprised that there were so few visitors. While we were there we heard someone playing the organ. It was real, not a recoding piped in over the speakers. On display at the front of the church there was a stand with CDs trumpet and organ recording made in the church by organist Marie-Andrew Morisset-Balier and trumpeter Michel Morisset. We selected two CDs and went to pay the gentleman sitting nearby. "Would you like to see the organ?", he asked. Next thing we knew he had picked up his trumpet and lead us up the narrow circular staircase into the organ loft. There he introduced us to the organist, his wife Marie-Andree Morisset-Balier and himself Michel Morisset. They launched into a movement from a symphony by Ernest Chausson that Mr Morisset had transcribed for trumpet and organ. It was a magical experience standing next to them as they played. When it was over Mr Morisset led us down the staircase (Thank God for the rope railing that we held on to! ) and hung around for a bit while Mrs Morisset-Balier continued to play the organ. Soon we saw Mr Morisset leading another small group up to the organ loft for their own private recital. I am guessing the Mr & Mrs Morisset are on the abbey’s music staff. They like playing in this magnificent setting and supplementing their income with sales of their CDS. If you visit the church in the afternoon, you just may get lucky as we did. Good luck!

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