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Saint-Ouen Church

Elaborate Gothic decorations, soaring towers, colorful stained-glass windows and a huge organ make this one of Rouen’s most impressive churches.  

In a city blessed with architectural masterpieces, the Église Saint-Ouen (Saint-Ouen Church) stands out as one of Rouen’s finest. Admire the Gothic façade, intricate stained-glass windows and magnificent organ. The Église Saint-Ouen started life as an abbey of the Benedictine Order and has architectural features that date back to the 1300s. It was here in 1431 that officials condemned Joan of Arc to be burned at the stake if she did not renounce. Compare this site to depictions you’ve seen in film and television versions of the story.

Take time to walk around the church’s 450-foot-long (137-meter) exterior, characterized by pointed spires and Gothic carvings. An interesting feature is the imposing octagonal-shaped central tower, adorned by four turrets. This 377-foot-tall (115-meter) tower is often referred to as the “ducal crown of Normandy.” Look for the sculptures of religious characters that guard the church’s entrance.

Step inside to discover a 15th-century nave with tall columns and a vaulted ceiling. Note how the sunlight elegantly illuminates the church via its 80 stained-glass windows, which date from the 14th to the 16th centuries. Don’t miss the huge pipe organ, designed in 1890 by famed organ builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. French organist Charles-Marie Widor is said to have described it as “the Michelangelo of organs.” 

Find the church located a short walk from Rouen’s historic center and major city attractions. The Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen (Rouen Cathedral) and Musée des Beaux-Arts (Museum of Fine Arts) are less than 10 minutes away on foot. Public buses stop close to the church and metered parking is available on the surrounding streets. While here visit the adjacent Hôtel de Ville de Rouen or relax amid the leafy confines of the Jardin de l’Hôtel de Ville.

The Église Saint-Ouen is open from Tuesday to Thursday and Saturday and Sunday. It is closed on select public holidays. Admission to the church is free. Dress appropriately and remain quiet when visiting since the church is an active place of worship.


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