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Rouen was once the largest and most prosperous town in the whole of Europe and the capital of the Anglo-Norman dynasties. It was here that Joan of Arc was burnt to death in 1431 and by all accounts if she returned today she would probably still recognize the place, so little has it changed.

Nestling on the banks of the river Seine, its port still a major navigation point between Paris and the English Channel, Rouen is intensely proud of its status as one of France’s most ancient and historic cities. Parts of Rouen were destroyed during the allied invasion, in 1944, including all of its bridges, but a vast amount of money has since been invested in restoring the city centre, although surprisingly not the area around the river, which still remains in need of regeneration.

However, visitors to Rouen can explore the centre at leisure without ever realizing that this city faced the terror of a full-scale military campaign, its historical restoration is amongst the finest examples in the world.

Top sites to take in include Musée Le Secq des Tournelles, Musée de la Céramique, Musée des Beaux-Arts and the Cathédrale de Notre-Dame, the Gothic tour de force that inspired Monet’s famous study of light series.


Fact File:

  Culinary specialities Rabbit, duck, tripe, Assiette de fruits de mer, sausages
  Famous PeopleDavid Trezeguet – French football player
  Historical factHenry V of England sacked Rouen in 1419, killing thousands of its citizens.
  Average temperaturesWinter 4C / Summer 15C