Rouen Cathedral: Overall view, Tomb of the Cardinals d' Amboise (Georges I and Georges II), Lady chapel



Marble and alabaster tomb in the choir of Rouen Cathedral, which depicted the deceased kneeling. Completed in 1523, it was transformed in 1525 to serve as a cenotaph for Georges II as well. The monument is profusely carved and includes Virtues, Saints, Apostles, a prominent relief of St George and the Dragon, and others with Italianate candelabra, swags and grotesques. Roulland Le Roux was overseer, assisted by the sculptors João de Ruão, who began the weepers, Mathieu Laignel (fl 1513-25), Regnault Thérouyn, André le Flament (fl 1520-21) and Pierre des Aubeaux (fl 1500-25). The last executed the statues of Georges I and Georges II (recut, by 1542, by one ‘Jean Goujon’). The tomb is the most complex funerary monument in the early Renaissance style in France.

The present building comprises an aisled nave of 11 bays, with a series of aisle chapels, and an apsidal choir with an ambulatory and three spaced radiating chapels. The substantial transept arms are aisled on both sides, with large eastern chapels, and developed portals flanked by towers. A massive lantern tower lights the crossing. The two western towers, the Tour St. Romain (1160-1170) to the north and the Tour de Beurre to the south, flank the façade, rising beyond rather than above the western aisle bays. The south-west tower, the Tour de Beurre (so named because it was traditionally financed by a papal indulgence whereby people could eat butter during Lent provided they paid a fine to the building fund), was built by Guillaume Pontis and Jacques Le Roux between 1487 and 1507. The cathedral is still being restored after extensive damage in World War II. The only Romanesque remnant is the crypt, some re-used capitals and part of the Tour St. Romain. The current central spire (Tour Lanterne) is the highest spire in France, erected in 1876, a cast-iron tour-de-force rising 490 ft.


Attribute NameValues
Alternate Title
  • Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen

  • G. Massiot & cie

  • Decorative arts

  • Tombs

  • Architecture

  • Cathedrals

  • Sculpture, French

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • Flamboyant

  • Gothic (Medieval)

Place of Creation
  • Rouen

  • +49.4402+1.095

  • Rouen, Haute-Normandie, France: Place de la Cathédrale

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Member of
Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

Record Visibility Public
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