Rouen Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen) is an historic gothic church, part of which dates back to 1145 and other aspects of which were reconstructed following a fire (and completed in 1250). Its famous façade, immortalised by the artist Claude Monet, was revamped in the fifteenth century.
Imposing and dominated by its vast, albeit uneven, towers, Rouen Cathedral at one point had the honour of being the tallest building in the world.
One of the most famous attractions inside Rouen Cathedral is the Chapelle de la Vierge or “Lady Chapel”, which houses numerous tombs ranging from Norman dukes and French monarchs to religious leaders. Amongst these tombs lies that of Richard the Lion Heart – or at least that of his heart.
Richard the Lion Heart (1157 - 1199) was King Richard I of England and was renowned as a brilliant military leader, hence him being known as the “lion heart”. His heart was buried in Rouen, while the rest of him is located in Fontevraud Abbey in Anjou, France.
Rouen Cathedral is located in the city of Rouen in Normandy, France. Rouen is approximately 135km northwest of Paris, a 1.5 hour drive along the A13. Regular trains operate between St Lazare Station in Paris and Rouen Rive Droite Station, the journey taking approximately 1.5 hours.
Rouen Cathedral is open daily, 8am-6pm (2pm-6pm Mondays. 2pm closing on Mondays in winter). Entry is free, but visiting the tombs and other sites within is by guided tour only.
Rouen Cathedral, Rue du Change, Rouen, Normandy, France
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