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St. Ouen's Abbey

25 Place du General de Gaulle | Bp666, 76000, Rouen, France
+33 2 32 08 32 40
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A large 16th century church surrounded by beautiful stained glass windows.
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“pipe organ” (2 reviews)
25 Place du General de Gaulle | Bp666, 76000, Rouen, France
+33 2 32 08 32 40
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Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

Beautiful Abbey. We found out, that the Abbey is used for wedding's, as we went for a visit. There is a lovely garden with exhibition of art. A museum and spectacular hall ways. The building itself is a piece of art. You must see

Thank Heidi N
Reviewed 29 August 2017

This looks as though it will be worth a visit in the future, especially as it hosts exhibitions but today, unfortunately, it was closed. The grounds were being well-used by sun-worshippers and picnickers, however.

Thank CesmeTraveller
Reviewed 22 August 2017

This former Benedictine Monastery, like the rest of the city, is steeped in history. Although not possible during our visit attendance of one of the many organ concerts would no doubt be an added bonus.

Thank Robert G
Reviewed 19 July 2017

No, it’s Saint-Ouen Abbey Church, (pronounced owen), is a large Gothic Roman Catholic famous for both its architecture and its large, unaltered Cavaillé-Coll organ, which Charles-Marie Widor described as "a Michelangelo of an organ". Built on a similar scale to nearby Rouen Cathedral. The church...More

Thank R K
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

The church is huge. If you look at the ground plan how it was originally, or is even bigger. What power did the Abby exercise over the people and the City, enormous I imagine. Much of the building was destroyed during WWII, but rebuilt shortly...More

Thank eddebruin
Reviewed 5 July 2017

I saw this church while taking the audio historical walking tour offered by the tourist office (across from the left side of the cathedral). The church is pretty but very plain and I would not have come here on my own. I enjoyed its garden...More

Thank JeffsWife2013
Reviewed 5 June 2017

This building is so impressive. I learnt that as the Cathedral (just up the street) was being built the monks that were planning the building of the Abbey learnt of the dimensions, and made the Abbey that little bit bigger, Taller nave! It's certainly a...More

Thank petematthews
Reviewed 25 May 2017

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...More

Thank Pat L
Reviewed 15 May 2017

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....More

Thank JohnPaul2010
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....More

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