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Rouen Cruises

Centuries of history collide in scenic Rouen, the picture-perfect capital of Normandy. Today its main square is lined with half-timbred homes and open-air cafes, but in 1431 it was the location where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. You’ll find tidbits of history behind every façade, particularly in the medieval burial ground of Aitre Saint-Maclou, along with a gorgeous Gothic cathedral, wealth of museums, and local taverns. The city was once known for having ‘a hundred bells chiming in the air’ due to its abundance of churches, and there’s a vibrant, modern buzz to today’s Rouen.

Rouen

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Notre Dame Cathedral

Rouen’s main attraction is undoubtedly its Notre Dame Cathedral, which is hard to miss with its grand architecture and imposing size! It has been destroyed and rebuilt over the years, but still holds the tomb of Richard the Lionheart. Stroll by in the evening and you’ll see its classic façade lit up with colourful lights.

The clock tower

The city’s clock tower is another must-see, conveniently positioned near the old town’s shopping district. It chimes the city’s bells on the hour, which are operated with traditional watchmaking techniques. Climb to the top to enjoy birds-eye views over the city.

Joan of Arc

Learn more about the tragic history of Joan of Arc at the cathedral and museum dedicated to her story. There’s a commemorative stained glass window along with fascinating displays showcasing her role in history. Joan of Arc also has her very own tower in the Castle of Rouen, with a distinctive pointed roof.

Ceramic making

Rouen has long been the centre of the ceramic making industry, which you can explore with a visit to its ceramic museum. This features thousands of pieces crafted over the past few centuries, with stunning neoclassical interiors to match!

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