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“If only it were open more days of the week!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of St. Maclou's Church

St. Maclou's Church
3, rue Eugene Dutuit | St-Maclou, 76000 Rouen, France
02-35-71-71-72
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Ranked #5 of 38 Attractions in Rouen
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: A beautifully ornate Gothic church located on the Rue Saint-Romain.
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“If only it were open more days of the week!”
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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“Vibrant; Inviting”
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 atop the doors. The inside is small, warm, and inviting.....not cold and stark as many older churches feel. The warmth grows from the vibrant blues and reds of the stained glass windows. The entire church seems old, well loved, warm and airy. Natural light in the nave seems to add to this feeling of warmth. A must see for anyone who loved churches. The architecture has been termed as neoclassical gothic (whatever that means). To me, it is just a beautiful house of worship.

Visited March 2014
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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 I hadn't done any research of any kind on Rouen before going there. It stood so majestically. I am sure the beautiful clear blue sky helped, and I am fairly certain the front had just been cleaned, since it shined so brilliantly white. To be honest, I don't remember the inside, so it was probably neat, but not as good as the Cathedral. The outside, though, was gorgeous.

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“An outstanding example of Flamboyant Gothic dating from the early 15th century”
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 and welcoming ambience to anyone who wishes to look reflectingly at the chapel paintings, or to gaze up a the large skylight windows which allow the church to be less a sombre edifice meant for silent and strict communion and more an uplifting experience of being at peace with the creator or the power that be.
The church organ is masterpiece in size and sound, more so when juxtaposed with the smaller almost diminutive interior of the church. We were extremely lucky to have it being played (someone was practicing a hymn the tune of which I did not recognise) and the practicing continued for the duration of our stay. Also remarkable is the winding staircase that leads up to the double organ.
The smaller stained glass windows, though not comparable to those of Notre Dame (Paris) or Ste Chapelle, are beautiful and the stories they tell are worth listening to.
The heads of all the figures on the façade are mercilessly lopped off - presumption being it was the frenzied attacks of a severe population during the religious wars which are the cause of this. The statues of the 4 disciples on the entrance frieze are also noteworthy - they were certainly damaged (either in the second world war or earlier) and the three new versions are set against the one remaining one of Mathew.
A must visit, with time in hand. It is a functional church and service is conducted according to the schedule on the front entrance.

Visited January 2014
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“Renovation & difficult access”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

There was a lot of work being done at the church when we were there & we couldn't find an entrance. We appreciated the exterior. Hope you have better luck.

Visited September 2013
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