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Saint-Ouen Abbey in Rouen, visit

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Practical Information

Date :
All year long

Category :
Exhibitions and Tours

Theme :
Architecture

Interest :
Tourism

Field :
Visits and Tours

Address :
Saint-Ouen Benedictine Abbey
place du Général-de-Gaulle
76000, Rouen

FRANCE

Phone Number :
02 32 08 31 01


Public transportation :
Métro Boulingrin is 10 mn away

Mood : To reflect in silence

Description

A grand Gothic art monument.

Crowning the Rouen City Hall Gardens, Rouen's Saint-Ouen Benedictine Abbey was founded around 750 from a Merovingian funerary basilica, where the Bishop of Rouen, Saint Ouen, was buried in 684. Of this abbey that housed monastic life until 1790, there remains the church, a fifteenth and sixteenth century cloister gallery and the monks' eighteenth century dormitory occupied by Rouen Town Hall since 1800.

Its proportions are impressive: 137 metres long, 26 metres wide, including an 11 metre single nave and a further 33 metres of vaults. The church houses a very famous organ, made in 1890 by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll in the large oak casing built in 1630 against the façade. An unusual surprise lies within the buttresses of Rouen's Saint Ouen abbey, namely a copy of the Jelling runic stone, granted by Denmark to the city of Rouen in 1911 (on the occasion of the Normandy Millennium), a testament to the Danish people's conversion to Christianity.

Practical Information

Date :
All year long

Category :
Exhibitions and Tours

Theme :
Architecture

Interest :
Tourism

Field :
Visits and Tours

Address :
Saint-Ouen Benedictine Abbey
place du Général-de-Gaulle
76000, Rouen

FRANCE

Phone Number :
02 32 08 31 01


Mood : To reflect in silence

Public transportation :
Métro Boulingrin is 10 mn away