Cathédrale Notre Dame
The only relic of Rouen’s medieval Jewish community, expelled by Philippe le Bel in 1306, is hidden underneath the staircase at the...
This Flamboyant Gothic church was built between 1437 and 1521 (and renovated in 2013) but much of the decoration dates from the...
Spanning rue du Gros Horloge, the Great Clock’s Renaissance archway has a gilded, one-handed medieval clock face on each side. High...
Cinéma le Melville
Screens only nondubbed films, many of them in English, in its four halls.
A favourite of artists and philosophers since 1898, this is the classic Rouennaise brasserie. The service is starchy, the drapes are red...
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Cathédrale Notre Dame information
Rouen’s stunning Gothic cathedral, built between the late 12th and 16th centuries, was famously the subject of a series of canvasses painted by Monet at various times of the day and year. The 75m-tall Tour de Beurre (Butter Tower) was financed by locals in return for being allowed to eat butter during Lent – or so the story goes.
A free sound-and-light spectacular is projected on the façade every night from mid-June (at 11pm) to late September (at 9.30pm).