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St. Ouen's Abbey

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Address: Place du General de Gaulle, 25 | BP666, 76000, Rouen, France
Phone Number: 2 32 08 32 40
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A large 16th century church surrounded by beautiful stained glass windows.

A large 16th century church surrounded by beautiful stained glass windows.

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Almost as impressive as the cathedral

This place is a must visit. Do so as awalking tour of the cathedral Abbey and church. We were lucky enough to have an organ practice/recital going on what we visited which was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 6, 2015
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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225 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

This place is a must visit. Do so as awalking tour of the cathedral Abbey and church. We were lucky enough to have an organ practice/recital going on what we visited which was quite special.

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Folke
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Tour groups may well miss this slender and elegant Abbey church but you shouldn't. Take some time to view the external masonry and the gargoyles at high level. Set in a pleasant garden surrounding it makes a charming break from the organised tourist routes.

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Waterford, Wisconsin
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

Fortunate to view this large, historic Gothic landmark while an organist was rehearsing for a concert. Imagine being nearly alone in a cathedral and hearing "Pictures at an Exhibition" played on the cathedral's pipe organ. Truly spiritual.

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Thank 43years
Dalton-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

A very empty abbey. This sort of impressive build would never happen these days . unfortunately there was little information available about its history. Worth a look if in Rouen but not a special trip to see it.

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Thank G C
France
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27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The Church of St. Ouen is a large Gothic Roman Catholic church in Rouen, northern France, famous for both its architecture and its large, unaltered Cavaillé-Coll organ, which Charles-Marie Widor described as "a Michelangelo of an organ". Built on a similar scale to nearby Rouen Cathedral, it is, along with church of Saint Maclou, one of the principal Gothic monuments... More 

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Enkhuizen, The Netherlands
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299 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The incredible space and the lightness of the stones and coming from outside make the visit worthwhile. Nice exhibition too. A pity one did not play the organ or at lest a cd with it's music...

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

It is a very impressive building with such grand proportions. It is difficult to imagine the challenges faced by the architect and builders in the 14th century.

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Manningtree, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

enjoyed walking around this lovely church. My only gripe wAs that there was no information in English.

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Lancaster, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Yes another amazing Catholic Church in downtown Rouen! A Mass was in progress while there and an art exposition in back.

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

In contrast to the rather gloomy and grey cathedral interior, St. Ouen is filled with light and colour, coming from a few remarkable stained glass windows. It may only be the second church in Rouen but it's more impressive than many more famous cathedrals. A definite must-see. The exterior is equally stunning. Do walk around it, or have a picknick... More 

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