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Address: 25 Place du General de Gaulle | BP666, 76000, Rouen, France
Phone Number:
+33 2 32 08 32 40

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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The competing mirror of the nearby cathedral

The basilique was a part of a larger compound including convent, cloister, dormitories … It is not used anymore for religious purposes but for art exhibitions. The gardens around... read more

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Barrie, Canada
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We wanted to see this cathedral, not so much for its architecture, but for its organ, once referred to as the "Michelangelo of Organs". The church has not been used for religious purposes since the French Revolution, but while we were there, the organist was playing and the sound was truly moving.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The basilique was a part of a larger compound including convent, cloister, dormitories … It is not used anymore for religious purposes but for art exhibitions. The gardens around are very quiet and the park is used for local residents as a peaceful rest area. The architecture is truly beautiful and competes with that of the nearby cathedral. It complements... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2017

With more space (including a park) around this cathedral, you can walk around it to better appreciate its gothic architecture. The cherry trees in bloom were a nice bonus. In places it is as intensively decorated as the Notre-Dame of Rouen, but other parts, e.g. the flying buttresses, Saint-Ouen's seem heavier. Yet inside, the space soars more dramatically and the... More 

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Akron, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017

I learned this place to be named l'Eglise de St. Ouen and it was described as flamboyant gothic church. Something to consider when setting priorities: I would not set this aside just because you were so enamored with Notre Dame Cathedral. Both should be seen. I thought then that this former abbey had much to teach me about architectural design... More 

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Fontainebleau, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2017

The abbey building is the only one that remained from the whole abbaye area. The building is huge, very beautiful and worthy to see - I actually liked it better than cathedral, partly because of the area: Cathedral is cramped between other buildings, while Abbey is in spacious area, near town square and has a small charming park from the... More 

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Norristown, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

St. Ouen' s Abbey is now owned by the city of Rouen. It is huge and is beautiful. It currently being used as an art exhibition

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Most people go see the main Rouen cathedral and perhaps forget about this one. It is later gothic style and truly worth going to. Avoid lunch hours as it is closed, but it is quiet, beautiful, not as damaged as Rouen cathedral.

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Jackson, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

The abbey has been repurposed for civic and cultural events. We were so fortunate during the days of patrimony in mid September that the exhibit there featured the top masters of craftsmanship from the Haute Normandie region. They were introducing hundreds of French teenagers in school groups to their crafts in hopes that these youngsters might make a career choice... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016

The abbey was a huge building, impressive height and windows, and in particular the organ. Was hosting a very modern art exhibition which really didn't seem to fit in this ancient location.

Thank Irayna O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 23 October 2016

St Ouen's Abbey is a huge gothic church that didn't seem to be open for visitors when I went there, but it was still part of Rouen's magic

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