Notre-Dame Cathedral of Rouen
On February 20, 2020

In the heart of the historic city, the cathedral sums up the evolution of Gothic art, from the beginning of its construction in the 12th century on the foundations of a 4th century basilica and an 11th century Romanesque complex.


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In the heart of the historic city, the cathedral sums up the evolution of Gothic art, from the beginning of its construction in the 12th century on the foundations of a 4th century basilica and an 11th century Romanesque complex. Destroyed during the Viking invasions in 841, then partially destroyed in 1944 by allied bombing, the cathedral is a living building, in perpetual evolution. Its cast iron spire has been 151 metres high (the highest in France) since the 19th century. The cathedral is also the only one in France to have an adjoining archbishop's palace still occupied by an archbishop. The choir of the cathedral houses the tombs of the Dukes of Normandy, including Rollon, founder of the duchy in 911, as well as the heart of Richard the Lionheart, King of England and Duke of Normandy.