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St-Maclou Church, Rouen

The Église St-Maclou is a Gothic church located just across the street from the cathedral in Rouen.


St-Maclou was built in 1200 and rebuilt 1437-1521. The tall lantern tower was added over the crossing in 1868.

What to See

Built in a Late/Flamboyant Gothic style, the Church of St-Maclou stands on a square full of picturesque old Norman crooked-timbered buildings.

The west front features five portals of equal height and a magnificent step-gabled porch, whose two doors bear fine 16th-century wood carvings of biblical scenes, probably by Jean Goujon.

Inside, pictures dating from June 4, 1944, document St-Maclou's destruction and its subsequent restoration during the war.

The Aître St-Maclou, immediately to the east of the church, was a cemetery for plague victims and an integral part of the St-Maclou complex. It's now a tranquil garden of the Fine Arts school, but the lower story of the surrounding buildings still bears the deathly decorations of its darker past.

Quick Facts on St-Maclou Church

Site Information
Names:Église St-Maclou; St-Maclou Church; St-Maclou Church, Rouen
Faiths:Christianity; Catholic
Visitor and Contact Information
Location:Rouen, France
Coordinates:49.439752° N, 1.098367° E  (view on Google Maps)
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  2. Rough Guide to France 9 (April 2005), 396.
  3. Eglise St-Maclou - Planetware

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Title:St-Maclou Church, Rouen
Author:Holly Hayes
Last updated:10/25/2009
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