Church of Saint-Maclou

Church of Saint-Maclou

Architects Pierre Robin, Amroise Harel

Date ca. 1434-90

Movement GothicFlamboyant

Located at Rouen, France


The western facade of this church is a perfect example of Flamboyant (“flamelike”) architecture, typified by extensive and intricate, curving decorative effects. It is so highly decorated that it is almost difficult to determine its structural components. The gable here has been elongated so extensively that it now serves to create a space of its own for decoration, and must be peered through to see the rose window behind it.