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Rouen Cathedral: photos, description (Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen)

In 2010, the residents of Rouen attempted to get into the Guinness book of records. More than a thousand people lined up on the square before the Cathedral of Notre Dame, holding the fragments of the painting "Rouen Cathedral", created by Claude Monet in the 90-ies of the XIX century. Folded cloth was shot on photo and video from the helicopter, and the action took place during the festival "Impressionistic Normandy". Monet painting - one of the most famous works depicting the Cathedral of Rouen.

This Gothic Church is a national historic landmark, and in the second half of the nineteenth century for one and a half decades, even was the tallest building in the world until it was surpassed by as much as six meters in Cologne Cathedral, whose construction after a long hiatus, was resumed in the same period.

The height of the Rouen Cathedral is 151 feet and its two towers of Saint-Romain and Oil went up, respectively, 82 and 75 meters. The first mention of religious structure on the site of the Cathedral date back to the IV century it was the residence of the Bishop, consisting of two churches and a baptistery, but all these buildings were burned during the Norman RAID in 841,. Next building, in Romanesque style, was erected only in the XI century, and the first elements of the current Gothic appeared only in the middle of the XII century - it was the tower of Saint-Romain in the Northern part of the temple, which burned down at the end of the Second world war. In total, the Cathedral has hit six bombs, temple received other serious injuries. In addition, at the end of the last century, the Church was battered a big storm, but restorers managed to preserve its appearance and to restore elements of its decoration.

Oil tower on the South side of the Church was built towards the end of the XV century. Its name is connected with one of the local stories, perhaps legends: wanting to taste forbidden during lent oil, a parishioner had to pay the priest a certain amount, it is likely that the payment was made just in an Oil tower.

The interior of the Cathedral is decorated with stained glass paintings, created in the XIII century. In addition, he is also the burial place of the remains of Duke of Normandy Richard the Lionheart, who ruled the region in the late twelfth century.