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You will be amazed by the city of Rouen, one of the largest and one of the most ancient cities of Normandy. World famous for its medieval cathedral, painted 28 times by the French impressionist painter Claude Monet, Rouen is also known as the "city of the hundred steeples".

Church St Ouen, almost as big as the cathedral,  and church St Maclou, are other beautiful examples of flamboyant gothic architecture.

The administrative center of Normandy region is the european city that has the largest number of ancient half-timbered houses, the oldest dating back to middle-ages.

Emblem of the town, the Big Clock or "Gros Horloge" is a must-see. Though the painted and gilded wooden façades are from the Renaissance, the mechanism dates back to 1389, and is still operational.

In 1431, it was in Rouen that Joan of Ark was declared guilty of heresy by a French catholic justice court under the English rule, and burned at the stake on 30 May 1431.

Canonised in 1920, she is one of the patron saints of France. 

A very modern St Joan of Arc church has been erected almost at the spot where she died, on the Old Market square.


Sculpture or Joan of Arc, close to the place where she was burned at the stake in 1431. It was made and offered to the city by Maxime Real del Sarte in 1927 .

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