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St. Maclou's Church

3, rue Eugene Dutuit | St-Maclou, 76000 Rouen, France
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Ranked #6 of 39 Attractions in Rouen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
Description: A beautifully ornate Gothic church located on the Rue Saint-Romain.
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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Having seen the exterior of St. Maclou’s I now know what they mean by the “flamboyant” style of late Gothic architecture that emerged as the Renaissance began to take hold. Wow! This stunningly beautiful building has so much intricate detail on its façade that it makes you wonder how they ever found the time and money to build it. Well... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This church is like a Wedding Cake on the outside and for me very disappointing on the inside. I was told that it's plainess on the inside is because it was thought at the time that people would feel closer to God if there not so many decorations, this could be true but equally it could be false!!

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new jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The New Jersey Choral Society from Ridgewood, NJ, USA sang a concert here in July and it was magnificent. The Priest and staff were just wonderful to us. Wonderful location in a lovely, charming city. They love classical music. nt

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Surely you will not have seen such a suspended cross ever in any church or cathedral - Great example of gothic architecture; one of 3 great cathedrals or abbeys in Rouen

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The stairs to the organ loft are almost worth the visit by themselves. And hearing both tiny groups of instruments or magnificant organ-choral works in this space is marvelous. A gem of "flamboyant gothic" - tall and beatiful, but not as grand as the cathedral.

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Toronto, Canada
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This church is small specially when compared to the cathedral of the abbey but it's still nice to visit. The exterior looks amazing, and since it's at a smaller scale, you can see details better. Check the opening times, I wanted to visit around 2pm and it was closed, I went back about 3 hours later and it was open... More

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Frederick, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

It's a different scale than the cathedral but it's on the Rick Steves walking tour of Rouen so don't miss the beautiful little old church.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

St. Maclou's is only open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, and my wife and I were only in Rouen for Tuesday to Thursday during a recent visit. Nevertheless, we were impressed by its white flamboyant Gothic exterior. It is a shame, though, that so many of the figures have been beheaded, probably by French Republicans after the Revolution.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

This small parish church that literally sits in the shadow of the great Cathedral of Rouen was established in 1432. It was visited on a clear, blustery March day and was the highlight of my visit to Rouen. The 16th Century hand carved wooden door contains two panels with Biblical scenes. There is a large half circular, intricately carved stone... More

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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

This was by far my favourite building in Rouen. When I visited, it was with a friend and she was leading the way. Then, we turned a corner and I stopped mid-word and just stood there, staring, mouth open. My friend said my reaction was her favourite part of our trip. I really had no idea what to expect since... More

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