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St. Maclou's Church

3, rue Eugene Dutuit | St-Maclou, 76000 Rouen, France
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Ranked #7 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
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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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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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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

The church does not wait for you at the end of Rue de la Republique, but you come upon it suddenly to the right, looking through two apartment buildings, expectantly beckoning and at the same time resplendently laid back. One of the most beautiful Gothic churches I have seen (though that list itself is long!!). Inside, it offers a warm... More

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