Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
- Type: Monuments and Memorials
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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This gothic cathedral was the world’s tallest building for about five years -- 1876 to 1880. But its beauty in changing light is what drew the Impressionist artist, Claude Monet, whose work can be viewed at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, to paint it several times. Today, the cathedral is one of the defining pieces of architecture in this part of Normandy.
One Virtual Tourist user says, “If you've seen Monet's paintings of the Cathedral in Rouen at the Musée d'Orsay, a visit to the cathedral will be a very special experience for you.” Others recommend coming inside to view the many parts of this working Roman Catholic cathedral, including the lovely stained glass in the Lady Chapel, the transepts and the ambulatory monuments.
The cathedral is open daily, between various hours depending on the day. It’s also closed for tours during mass. You can visit for free, though a tour of the underground crypt will cost you a couple of euro. Visit the website for more information.