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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen

Address: Place de la Cathedrale, Rouen, France
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Ranked #1 of 39 Attractions in Rouen
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This stunning Gothic structure is considered by some to be the town's...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Owner description: This stunning Gothic structure is considered by some to be the town's most important architectural landmark.
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Montara, CA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

It all looked so familiar from knowing Monet's many paintings. The inside was lovely, but I'd seen so many cathedrals in the last few months, I guess my eyes were worn out.

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

I went to see this cathedral because Monet painted it, but there's more to it than that. The interior is high and bright and gave me much more of an impression of awe, spirit and "up"-ness than I got from Notre Dame or Chartres. Because of war damage, it doesn't have old stained glass. There are two interesting sarcophagi here:... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

The cathedral is part of the tour of Rouen's landmarks described on the audioguide that can be rented from the tourist office opposite. The guide is a real gem - with it we went on a walk around Rouen taking in not only the cathedral but also the ossuary, palais de justice, parks, grand horloge and much more. Instead of... More 

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Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

What a stunning and beautiful piece of architecture. This cathedral is outstanding and well worth taking the time to walk around both internally and externally.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I think any of these large old cathedrals should not be missed. There is so much history and wonderful art inside. Everyone of them is well worth the effort to visit. Almost all are free but this one in Rouen, there was a beggar manning the doors. They expected some type of monetary gift for opening the door for you.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We saw the light show in September which used the facade of the cathedral as the screen. It was quite beautiful and amazing with a lot of special effects.

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Lovely church inside and out. I wish it had not been raining so hard during my visit! I thought that the entire city of Rouen was very interesting and worth exploring. As a side note, the shopping was also wonderful. One store in particular sold some of the best candy I have ever tasted. It was called" Chocolaterie." Try the... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

The Cathedral is amazing and houses the tomb of Richard the Lionheart, though only his heart was initially interred here. I say initially as over time it too has turned to dust. Inside and outside the beautiful decoration is aplenty. There is one stained glass window which tells the legend of Saint Julian, the sauce of one of Flaubert’s three... More 

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

An interesting and enormous cathedral in the heart of Rouen. Must see the statue of Richard the Lionheart, warming his feet for eternity on the body of a lion. Also a lovely statue of Joan of Arc, who unfortunately still appears to be being burnt at the stake by the votive candles arrayed all around her. Well worth a visit

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New Haven, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

The Cathedral is wonderful. On this day there was a presentation by a fantastic choir composed of adults and children. The history of England and France, especially Normandy, is encapsulated in this magnificent house or prayer. Much to my surprise, the church was not filled with tourists speaking loudly, taking photos and ignoring proper behavior. Many people were praying, others... More 

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