France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Churches of Rouen, France
Although best known for its cathedral, Rouen has other magnificent churches as well. Here's a short guide to the best.




The Gothic church of St-Maclou lies behind the Cathédrale Notre-Dame, on a small square that is packed with half-timbered houses. Today many of these are shops selling Rouen ceramics or local delicacies.

The St-Maclou church itself is very ornate and graceful, with its curved front and many arches. Built in the 15th and 16th centuries, its fine decor and beautiful doorways are very impressive.

Just around the corner on rue Martainville, don't miss the Aître de St-Maclou, with its decor recalling its history as a burying ground for plague victims.

A few blocks away, on the Place du Géneral de Gaulle, is the Église St-Ouen, another fine example of high Gothic architecture. Built between the 13th and 16th centuries, it has flying buttresses and other ornate decoration. Its interior is known for its beautiful proportions and stained glass.

In contrast to the Gothic masterpieces that dominate Rouen, the modern Église Jeanne d'Arc, in the Place du Vieux Marché, was built it 1979. It replaced the older Church of St-Vincent, which was destroyed in 1944 during World War II. Fortunately, the 16th century stained glass windows from St-Vincent had been removed and stored, and they are now visible in this church. Outside of the church is a large cross that is a monument to Jeanne d'Arc.

Rouen is home to many other churches. As you walk through the town you'll see many churches and beautiful architecture.


What to See & Do in Rouen

Cathédrale Notre-Dame

Aître de St-Maclou

Place du Vieux Marché

Hotels in Rouen

About Rouen

About Normandy




Church of St-Maclou, Rouen, France

Above, The graceful Church of St-Maclou, Rouen, France.

Below, Ornate doorway of the
Church of St-Ouen Rouen.

Doorway, Church of St-Ouen, Rouen, France

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