Rouen Cathedral Light Show

Every year during Summer the Notre Dame Cathedral in Rouen puts on a luminous light show on the exterior of the Cathedral.

Each year there are different stories to be told from Joan of Arc to the Impressionist to our experience where we got to witness the story of the Vikings that came to Normandy and William the Conqueror.


Vikings in Normandy

The name Normandy comes from the Vikings who came to France using the name Nortmanni which meant “Men of the North”. The light show depicts the Viking Men coming into Normandy and conquering the region and how Normandy changed during this period right through to the building of the Cathedral we where sitting underneath.


William the Conqueror

William the Conqueror or Guillaume Le Conquerant in the correct French, was the 4th Duke of Normandy. He was a strong fighter as he was the illegitimate son of Robert the Magnificent, he spend most of his life fighting off rebellions due to his status then finally securing his status over the Duchy of Normandy in 1060. He soon became a contender for the Throne of England as his cousin Edward the Confessor had no heir. After William said Harold promised him the Throne he found this a huge insult so he went to Hastings in 1066 to claim his Throne. The light show depicts the importance William the Conqueror had in Normandy and the heritage he left behind.


The show last for around 30 mins, it is best to get there a little bit early as it is a popular spot for visitors to curl up underneath the stairs (make sure you rug up as it can get cold) and watch this beautiful display of art that is draped over this Cathedral that is 1000 years old.

The Light Show starts mid June to late September every night with the shows at 11pm during June - July, then 10.30pm at the beginning of August, 10pm at the end of August and finally moving to 9.30pm towards the end of summer. For updated information during the season please refer to the Cathedral’s website.