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A gothic masterpiece

Saint Ouen, Rouen’s great bishop, was buried here around the year 680 and lent his name to the abbey. The current abbey church, whose construction began in the early 14th century, replaced a large Romanesque church, which was undoubtedly larger but was destroyed in a fire. The troubles of the Hundred Years’ War delayed the work, which was completed in the early 16th century, and only in the 19th century for the façade!

The church stands next to the old abbey gardens, now part of City Hall, which occupies the old conventual buildings from the Maurist period. From these gardens, one can admire the sweep of the construction at more than 130 metres in length, the chevet with 11 staggered chapels and the central tower with its Flamboyant Gothic decorations. One enters the church from this side, through the Marmousets Portal, decorated with a statue of Saint Ouen. The interior of the abbey church is a masterpiece of the Rayonnant Gothic style, with an emphasis on verticality, bathed in light from the huge windows in the exterior walls. It also has the finest collection of 14th-century stained glass windows in France. The 1890 organ by Cavaillé-Coll is the largest in the French provinces along with the organ in Nancy Cathedral.

Practical InformationAddress : Abbatiale Saint-Ouen place du Général de Gaulle 76000 Rouen
: 02 32 08 13 90
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Open :Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 :00 a.m. to 12pm and 2 :00 p.m. to 6:00 pm(except from 1st November to 31st March closing at 5:30 p.m.)
Closed on 25 December and 1 January.

Abbatiale Saint-Ouen
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Norman Abbeys
Norman Abbeys

Abbayes Normandes - Route historique
6, rue des Vipères d'Or
CS70060
76420 Bihorel
France

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