France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Cathédrale Notre-Dame, Rouen
The tallest cathedral in France was a favorite subject of the painter Claude Monet.




The Cathédrale Notre-Dame lies just beyond the Gros Horloge, at the end of the Rue du Gros Horloge.

This huge and ornate Gothic structure is well known around the world because of the many paintings Claude Monet did of it.

Monet painted it at different times of day, with different lighting, and explored its changing character.

One of Monet's paintings of the Rouen Cathedral, France

Above, One of Monet's paintings of the Rouen Cathedral, from the Musée d'Orsay, Paris.

The cathedral was built in the 12th and 13th centuries, with modifications and enhancements continuing until the 19th century. Suffering damage during World War II, it has been the subject of long-term restoration.

The exterior is notable for its ornate decoration and its two towers, which are of differing designs.

With its soaring spire, the cathedral also has the distinction of being the tallest church in France. The doorways and facades are finely decorated.

The interior is also richly decorated and includes stained glass from the 13th century and tombs of various notables.

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Above, Cathédrale Notre-Dame, Rouen, France.

Below, Acrobatic detail,
Rouen Cathedral doorway.


Detail of acrobat, Rouen Cathedral, France

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