Abbatiale St Ouen

Rouen
Normandy
Attractions and places of interest
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'.

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Brittany Ferries holidays include return ferry travel with your car so you can explore at your own pace. What's more, you can pack everything you need to make the most of your time away - from bikes to surfboards and even the family pet.