Rouen in Normandy was originally founded by the Romans and the place where Joan of Arc was tried and later burnt at the stake for witchcraft in 1431, she was 19 years old. A large cross in the Place Du Viex-Marché marks the site of her execution, a second trial was held in 1456 and she was found innocent and was canonized in 1920. There are various sights around the town associated with Joan of Arc.
Rouen is a pleasant town and one where you can enjoy a short break holiday or perhaps use as a base for touring the surrounding area. It also makes an enjoyable place to visit in December for Christmas shopping French towns are usually well decorated, have good Christmas markets and a festive atmosphere.
If you enjoy looking around museums you will find some of interest here. The Musée Flaubert et d´ Histoire de la Médecine where you will see a variety of surgical equipment and models, the novelist Gustave Flaubert was born in Rouen his father was a surgeon and Gustave lived here with his parents. In the Musée des Beaux Arts there are a collection of 19th century paintings to view works from many famous artists including Ingres and Renoir.
You will want to see the Cathédrale de Notre- Dame this stunning masterpiece has been the focal point of many Monet paintings. The spire on the lantern tower is the tallest in France, other impressive features on the cathedral are the stone filigree on the portals and the 14th century stained glass window. The spire on the cathedral is floodlit at night and is particularly charming.
The Gothic church Eglise-St. Maclou completed in the 16th century and the Aitre de St. Maclou originally the plague cemetery are worth a visit, you will see a macabre collection of carved skulls and figures on the timbered buildings that border the garden.
As you wander around the town you will find many historical and interesting sights, you will see the Gros Horloge (large clock) a single hour hand tells the time, and it is a very popular and well known visitor attraction.
Many of the streets in the Old Town are cobbled and narrow with timber framed buildings that date back hundreds of years. You will come across many shops for you to browse around and cafes to sit, relax and enjoy some refreshments. Nightlife can be enjoyed at restaurants, bars and pubs the choice is yours. There are various choices of holiday accommodation depending on your requirements; you should contact Rouen tourist office for more information.