Rouen, city of art and history

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City Hall and Church of St. Ouen © Tango7174

City Hall and Church of St. Ouen © Tango7174

Rouen in northern France on the River Seine, is the capital of the Haute-Normandie (Upper Normandy) region and the historic capital city of Normandy. Once one of the largest and most prosperous cities of medieval Europe, it was the seat of the Exchequer of Normandy in the Middle Ages. It was one of the capitals of the Anglo-Norman dynasties, which ruled both England and large parts of modern France from the 11th to the 15th centuries. It was here that Joan of Arc was executed in 1431. People from Rouen are called Rouennais.

The population of the metropolitan area (in French: agglomération) is 533,000. The city proper has a population of about 111,000.

The Seine is a major axis for maritime cargo links in the Port of Rouen. The Cross-Channel ferry ports of Caen, Le Havre, Dieppe (50 minutes) and Calais, and the Channel Tunnel are within easy driving distance (two and a half hours or less).

Rouen is known for its Notre Dame cathedral, with its Tour de Beurre (butter tower). The cathedral was the subject of a series of paintings by Claude Monet, some of which are exhibited in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

Half-timbered houses © tk © Urban Saint Maclou church © tk Jardin des Plantes © Arnaud Serander Rouen Montage © Bluree City Hall and Church of St. Ouen © Tango7174
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City Hall and Church of St. Ouen © Tango7174
The Jardin des Plantes de Rouen is a notable botanical garden dating to 1840 in its present form. It was previously owned by Scottish banker John Law and was the site of several historic balloon ascents.

In the centre of the Place du Vieux Marché (the site of Joan of Arc’s pyre) is the modern church of Saint Joan of Arc. This is a large, modern structure which dominates the square. The form of the building represents an upturned viking boat and fish shape.

Rouen received two flowers from Conseil national des villes et villages fleuris. In 2003 UNICEF France awarded the title Ville amie des enfants (“child-friendly city”) to Rouen. Furthermore the city holds the title French Towns and Lands of Art and History.

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