Abbatiale St Ouen

Landmarks and Historic Buildings

A majestic abbey church belonging to a Benedictine monastery that was powerful from the 14th to 16th century, the Abbatiale de St Ouen is often mistaken for Rouen cathedral as it is so large and grand. The striking lantern tower has been dubbed 'the crown of Normandy' and is an imposing sight.

Inside, the bright interior and 14th century stained glass windows make it a stunning space and the vaults are even higher than the cathedral's. Created by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, the organ is one of the largest in France, an unaltered original from 1890 with a powerful 32 foot Centre Bombarde. Alongside the cathedral and Rouen's many churches, the Abbatiale St Ouen has earned the city the nickname 'the city of a hundred spires'.

Places to visit nearby

Rouen in Normandy is the region's former capital and has a distinguished history involving such figures as Richard the Lionheart, William the Conqueror and Joan of Arc.

Giverny in Normandy is a picturesque village that captured the heart of Monet, becoming his home town and inspiring many of his most famous works.

Dieppe in Normandy is a bustling fishing port with a long and eventful history that became France's first seaside resort in the 1800s.

Nearby attractions

Opened in 2015, the Historial Jeanne d'Arc is a modern, interactive, multimedia museum where you can discover the life of Joan of Arc in the rooms where her trial was held.

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Containing some of the most prestigious art collections in France, Rouen's Musée des Beaux-Arts is a fantastic place to spend a few hours admiring the work of the masters.