Rouen – Some of the Churches
As stated in the Introduction article of Rouen, there are some 35 churches, abbeys, monasteries, and ruins scattered around Rouen and most of them are from the Middle Ages, so medieval. When you see the construction, you’ll be amazed they were constructed 4-500 years ago.
Here are some of the religious buildings to be seen around Rouen:
Saint Maclou Church
The Saint Maclou church, a roman catholic church, is one of the prime examples of the Flamboyant Gothic style.
Building began after 1435 on the grounds of a collapsed church. The church was finish in 1521.
As you can see from the photos, the church, like most buildings in Rouen, suffer from pollution.
Saint-Laurent Church and Le Secq des Tournelles museum
The Le Secq des Tournelles museum is installed in the no-longer-used Saint-Laurent church. The church was built in the 15th century.
In 1920 Henri Le Secq des Tournelles willed his collection of ironworks, which then became a museum inside the church.
The chapel portion of the church was actually built in the year 1024. It was rebuilt, but in 1791 was removed as church.
Saint Godard Church
20 meters away from the previous church/museum and 50 meters behind the Fine Arts museum, the Saint Godard church:
The majority of the church was built in the 15th and 16th century, but the initial church received the remains of Saint Godard in the year 525.
The church, over the years, acquired 3 naves.
Saint-Lo Priory (ruins)
The only thing remaining of the Saint-Lo priory is the front door. The first mentions of the priory was 913. Over time, it became a church, even a cathedral and then a prison and finally a school.
It is now a high-school.
Monastery of Saint-Ouen
The monastery of Saint-Ouen is now part of the City Hall of Rouen.
The abbey was built in1318 and was the prime church for the Benedictine order.
The abbey was finally finished in the 15th century. It was named after Saint Ouen, the Archbishop of Rouen at the time.
The abbey was vacated at the French Revolution and the City Hall took over.
Saint Eloi Temple
The Saint Eloi temple is a protestant church that saw life as a roman catholic church in 1228. The church saw any changes and in 1791 was closed.
After that it became a factory, a shop and in 1803 it became a protestant church which it still is today.
This is but a small sample of the churches that are to be seen in Rouen. My own count shows 35, but I expect there are more. Up to you to discover them.
- Once a year, mid October, Rouen closes its city centre during a weekend and holds the "Fete du Ventre et de la Gastronomie Normande" festival. The best translation would be "Festival of the Stomach and Normandy Gastronomy", meaning food, but it's more than that. It's also the "stomach" of Rouen, or…