Rouen was the historical capital of Normandy. Since 1954, the city on the Seine River is the capital of the Upper Normandy region.
Although Rouen is not on our itinerary, we decide at short notice to visit the city. Even if we only can see a small part of the city, we are thrilled.
Our walk through the historic center starts at the Abbey Church of Saint Ouen, a Gothic Roman Catholic church built in 1318. We are completely overwhelmed by the filigree masonry.
To the north you see the town hall with an equestrian statue of Napoleon
We turn to the south and immerse in a medieval world. Never before we have seen so many half-timbered houses within the smallest space.
Small artful shops invite you to stroll through the winding streets and squares. It’s Monday and so, as usual in France, most shops are closed.
Rouen still has more than 2000 late medieval half-timbered houses.
Past the church of Saint Maclou, classified as a Monument Historique in 1840 and thus under preservation, we reach the cathedral Notre-Dame de l’Assomption which was built in the Gothic style in 1180.
Again, we are completely overwhelmed by both the architecture and of the dimensions.
Unfortunately we are running out of time and have to continue our journey without being walked in the traces of Joan of Arc.
She was held as prisoner, interrogated and publicly burned here during the Hundred Years’ War.
When leaving the city of Rouen we cross the Gustave Flaubert Bridge over the Seine River, a vertical-lift bridge, which is the highest lift bridge in Europe with a total height of 86 m.
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