Rouen Cathedral

Landmarks and Historic Buildings

The cathedral in Rouen is a Gothic masterpiece with a long history. Built on a 4th century basilica in the 12th century, the cathedral has seen many changes in the world around it and has constantly evolved itself  - its been damaged by lightning strikes, fire, storms and wars across the centuries!

Outside, the 19th century cast-iron spire is the tallest in France, whilst inside you'll find spectacular stained-glass painted from the early 13th century onwards and a tomb containing the heart of Richard the Lionheart. The cathedral served as inspiration for Monet who painted the cathedral multiple times.

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.

The Great Clock houses the old bells of the city and one of the oldest clock mechanisms in Europe, which was in use here from the 14th century to 1928 and never stopped once!

A majestic abbey church often mistaken for Rouen cathedral as it is so large and grand.