The Gothic Cathedral in Rouen, France

June 5, 2015.

Part of our walk about in Rouen contained a visit  to the city’s spectacular Gothic Cathedral.

A view of the Cathedral in Rouen through a windowless facade.A view of the Gothic Cathedral in Rouen, France through a facadeThe black spire in the middle is made of cast-iron.The exterior of the Rouen Cathedral showing the black cast-iron spireThe interior of the cathedral was also spectacular.
Interior of the Cathedral showing the Gothic vaulted ceilings and lit candles in front (Rouen, France)The stained-glass ‘Rose’ window framing a ghost of the ruined facade outside.The stained-glass 'Rose' window in the Cathedral in Rouen, France framing a ghost of the outside ruinAnother more modern stained-glass window in the Cathedral.Stained-glass in the Cathedral in Rouen, FranceHere a fun painting of a group of grinning deer-like demons are boiling people in a cauldron in Hell.Painting of Hell in the Cathedral in Rouen, FranceThe lighting was stunning on the grey tones of the cathedral’s interior and I did a whole post just on that.Rouen's Cathedral Interior is a Study in GreyThe biggest treat inside the cathedral was musicians setting up a practice session for a Mozart concert the next day – 20 or 30€ pp – and we got to listen for free!
A big treat inside the cathedral was musicians practicing for a concert later!
The Cathedral at Rouen was a favourite of Claude Monet (he lived nearby in Giverny) and he painted many versions in different weather and lighting situations.La Catedral de Rouen by MonetMy attempt at turning one of my photos into a sort-of Monet.Rouen Cathedral ExteriorMore of our 2015 trip to Northwestern France.

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2 responses to “The Gothic Cathedral in Rouen, France

  1. What an incredible place! I just finished reading a novel centered around the old cathedral in Coventry England; I imagine it must have shared some of the same beautiful features before its destruction.

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