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Discovering Rouens History

The capital of Normandy, Rouen is a centre of industry and commerce; it is the fifth largest port in France and the closest one to Paris, split, like that city, into a right and left bank area by the River Seine. Rouen is also one of France’s most historic cities; William the Conqueror died here in 1087 and in 1431 it was the stage for the trial and execution of Joan of Arc. She was burned at the stake in the Place du Vieux-Marché (the Old Marketplace); the position is still marked by a huge bronze cross. Allied bombing largely destroyed the city; all of its bridges and many of its great churches were ruined, however substantial investment has been focused on restoring parts of the city to its former medieval glory.

St. Joan of Arc Church

In 1920, Joan Of Arc was canonised by the Catholic Church and declared a national heroine by the French Parliament. This monument to Joan was built in 1979 with this dual role in mind. The church is dedicated to St. Joan, whose feast day is on 30th May and the civil monument commemorates the national heroine who is celebrated by France on the second Sunday in May. In Rouen, the Fête Jeanne d'Arc is held every year on the Sunday closest to 30 May.


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  • budapest8's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2007 at 9:52 PM

    Interesting tips on Rouen.Several of my decendants died or are buried here. Rollo the Ganger being the first, there is a statue of him in the cathedral. I have a pic on my Travelogue HP with him. Tim

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    May 9, 2007 at 3:37 PM

    A well presented Rouen page, I was intrigued by the Monet paintings projected on the cathedral - very different from the rock band outside when we visited!


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