Gustave Flaubert – Rouen 4

The key site in Rouen mentioned in Flaubert’s Madame Bovary is the Notre Dame Cathedral, where Madame Bovary meets her lover. They are shown around the cathedral by an overly enthusiastic beadle who points out all the interesting tombs and artworks. Several of the cathedral’s stained glass windows also appear in other stories by Flaubert. However he had reservations about the exterior of the cathedral, describing one of the spires as a “sort of truncated funnel … that rises grotesquely”.

Rouen Cathedral

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