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Best Places to Visit in Rouen
In St. Maclou's quarter the medieval building are timber-faced and many lean just a little to the right or left.
Rouen, France has several noteworthy attractions
and is a great places to spend a few hours. Rouen has played a vital
role in French history and is also known as the
place where St. Joan of Arc was executed.
The Cathedral Notre-Dame
The Cathedral Notre-Dame is a textbook example of French Gothic architecture. Although severely damaged during a bombardment in 1944 (and still in restoration), the cathedral is beautiful. It feels extremely spacious and exploring its interior is a visual treat, especially its outstanding stained glass. In addition, the cathedral features a tomb purportedly containing the heart of Richard the Lionhearted.
Those of you who are art fans might be interested
to know that this is the Cathedral featured in numerous paintings by Monet.
He was so entranced by the cathedral’s image that he rented a room
across from it so that he could paint it as it appeared in the changing
light of different seasons.
Follow the Rue St. Romain down the side of the
cathedral to Église St.-Maclou, an over-the-top gothic church that is worth
a quick peek. Follow another block east to the Aître St.-Maclou, a somewhat
curiously decorated cemetery dating from the Great Plague in the 14th
century. The graveyard, which is the attraction here, is now surround by a
regional fine arts school.
Rue du Gros Horologe and Place du Vieux Marché
To the west of the cathedral, follow the Rue du Gros Horloge through a shopping area to the Gros Horloge, a delightful tower with an impressive, colorful antique clock. Follow further to the Place du Vieux Marché that contains the modern church, Église Sainte-Jeanne D’Arc, and a large cross marking the place where St. Joan of Arc’s was burned at the stake in 1431.
The Palais de Justice and the Musée des Beaux Arts
Return towards the cathedral using the Rue Rollon exit from the square for a quick look at the Palais de Justice, a building with interesting architecture, constructed during the late Middle Ages. Numerous bullet holes pock the building’s surface and chunks of facing materials that were blasted out during the battle for the city following the D-Day Invasion have not been repaired.
Musée des Beaux-Arts
If you have time, walk a few blocks north to Rue Jean Lecanuet (26) to see the Musée des Beaux-Arts, which features a collection of sculptures and some excellent canvases by Velazquez, Delacroix, Sisley and Monet (including paintings of the Cathedral Notre-Dame in Rouen).
It, also, has great collections from the Renaissance and Europe's Baroque age, as well as other interesting eras in the history of France. See the official website (in French, so use Google Translator) for more details. The museum is located at the Esplanade Marcel-Duchamp, 76000 Rouen.
For more attractions in Rouen, as well as a detailed map of the city, see
Rouen Tourism's website.
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The Cathedral Notre-Dame was the subject of several painting by Monet
Eglise St. Maclou, a gothic spectacular.
The Gros Horloge is the gateway to shopping on one side and the site of St. Joan of Arc's execution on the other.
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