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Rouen: Walking Tour of the Historic Center

1. Rouen: Walking Tour of the Historic Center

Experience Rouen, the historic capital city of Normandy, through the eyes of a local guide on a walking tour. Stroll through the cobblestoned center, exploring iconic monuments such as the Gros-Horloge, Rouen Cathedral, and Saint-Maclou Church, and get a deeper insight into the city’s history. Meet your guide at Place de la Pucelle to embark on our journey through the ages. Head to the Place du Vieux Marché and discover the last moments of Joan of Arc's life. Admire a charming mix of old and new in this storied square pulsating with history. Continue to the pride and jewel of this medieval city, the 14th-century astronomical clock of Le Gros-Horloge. Learn all about this Renaissance building set amidst half-timbered houses. Next, stop in front of the magnificent Courthouse of Rouen. A short distance away is the Rouen Cathedral and its 3 three towers, each in a different style of architecture. Marvel at the spire circles up into the air to a staggering height of over 150m. Get a glimpse of 2 parts of history – the Middle Ages and 19th-century Impressionism. Finally, end the tour in the heart of the Martainville district to immerse yourself in the living conditions of the Middle Ages. On the way, discover the legend of the abbey of Saint-Ouen, and the Saint-Maclou Church, one of the best examples of the Flamboyant style of Gothic architecture in France.

Rouen Self-Guided Audio Tour

2. Rouen Self-Guided Audio Tour

Explore 5 emblematic places in Rouen by walking for 1 hour. Discover the history and secrets of the Saint-Maclou church, the ancient mass grave "Aître Saint-Maclou" and its mummified cat, the beauty of the cathedral, the unique charm of the old clock and the history of the stake by Joan of Arc

Rouen: Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

3. Rouen: Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Learn about the impressive history of Rouen - founded by the Romans, ruled by Vikings, and heavily damaged during the Second World War! Despite the numerous bombardments, the city of Rouen managed to preserve the historical center. Walk down the medieval streets, admire the wonderful half-timbered houses and enjoy the unique atmosphere of old times! Discover the "Gros-Horloge" (the Great Clock), the symbol of the town! Observe the beautiful Renaissance facade with a giant clock, on which a single hand indicates the hour! Pass in front of the splandid Justice Palace, representing Renaissance architecture. Then stop at the "Place du Vieux-Marché", where 19-year-old Joan of Arc was burned in 1431 ! The highlight of your visit will be one of the most famous Gothic cathedrals in the world, la cathédrale Notre Dame de Rouen. Admire the gothic facade full of details that impressed the famous painter Claude Monet who created the whole serie of paintings dedicated to this architectural treasure. Enjoy the private tour of Rouen with your family or friends! Your guide will be happy to answer all your questions and will be ready to adapt the tour to your own needs!

Small Group Guided Tour of the Secret History of Rouen

4. Small Group Guided Tour of the Secret History of Rouen

Stop At: Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, 3 rue Saint Romain, 76000, Rouen France Description of the facade and its history Duration: 10 minutes Stop At: Abbatiale Saint-Ouen, Place du General de Gaulle, 76000, Rouen France The Saint-Ouen abbey in Rouen is one of the main monuments of the city of Rouen; its abbey church is a completed example of Gothic architecture in Normandy. The abbey is the subject of a classification as historical monuments by the list of 1840 Duration: 10 minutes Stop At: Aitre Saint-Maclou, 186 rue Martainville, 76000, Rouen France L'aître Saint-Maclou is a former mass grave dating from the 16th century, located at 186, rue de Martainville in Rouen, France. It is one of the rare examples of such an ossuary surviving in Europe. The Saint-Maclou is the subject of a classification as historical monuments by the list of 1862 Duration: 10 minutes Stop At: Gros-Horloge, Rue du Gros Horloge, 76000, Rouen France The Gros-Horloge is one of the emblematic monuments of the city of Rouen. The building, attached to a belfry, consists of a Renaissance arch spanning the rue du Gros-Horloge surmounted by an astronomical clock from the 14th century. Duration: 15 minutes Stop At: Place du Vieux-Marche, Esse endereço na França é em Rouen e não em Caen onde se encontra a atração, Rouen France It was on this square, in the middle of the Hundred Years' War that Joan of Arc was burnt alive on May 30, 1431. The place, as Joan of Arc could see it, did not resemble what it was. is today. The square was smaller and its space was occupied by the Saint-Sauveur church, the Saint-Michel church and by a large market hall. It was also the usual place of executions. A large cross was erected on the site of the pyre. In the middle of the square, the remains of the old Saint-Sauveur church have been unearthed. It is in this modest parish church that Pierre Corneille was baptized, his birthplace, rue de la Pie, now transformed into a museum located nearby. Today it is a lively square, around which are restaurants and bars Duration: 20 minutes

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