"le Secq des Tournelles"
If you like museums, you surely should have a look at the musuem of Fine Arts (have a look at must see activities).
But there are many more museums in Rouen, like the musuem "le Secq des Tournelles" : it shows an iron works collection.
The entrance : rue Jacques Villon, 2
It's daily opened, except on Tuesdays.
Le Gros Horloge, a herd of oxen
The underneath of the vault of the Gros Horloge is entirely carved. On the other side, a large medallion shows a herd of oxen in a landscape with Mediterranean looking trees (Pinus maritima, Parasol pine). The carving reads : Pastor bovis.
Joan of Arc
Most people have heard of Joan of Arc. Even me, who is useless with historical events knew who she was. Nowhere in France is Joan of Arc more honoured than in Rouen. It is here that she was very publicly burnt to death on a stake in the middle of the main square.
Joan was born in the village of Domremyin 1412, during the 100 years war, when France was being governed by an English king. At the age of 12 she started to receive visions from three saints, telling her that she was the one that had to save France, and return the throne to a French king.
When she was 17, she approached the man who was to eventually become king, telling him her story and by some sort of miracle he believed her and gave her command of the French Army!
She led 4000 or so men to attack the English and over throw the throne. With a French king in place, Joan was so pleased that she wanted to defeat more and more of the English and this led to her capture.
The English took her to Rouen as they had a stronghold on the city, and she was tried for several wrong doings, the most serious one being heresy, based on her communication with God directly, rather than through the church.
She was found guilty, and on 30 May 1431, at the age of 19, she was tied to a stake and burned alive.
Joan of Arc is remembered throughout Rouen as a heroine and an important part of France's history.
One of the darkest places in Rouen
Just next to the cathedral, an old stong building appears when you are walking through the dark alleys behind the cathedral. This is a monument, though it definately is not a pretty one. This is the old prison and yes indeed ... the most famous inmate here was Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc). After being betrayed and handed over to the English, they kept her here for interogation, later even the horror of torture, rape and the death sentence after the declaration to be a witch and heretic. Poor Jeanne ...
Demons are so much cooler than the Saints, eh?
Rouen is small and in no time, you'll have the feeling it is wall-to-wall CHURCHES. "Enough with the churches!" you exclaim. "I am truly churched out now!" Do not worry, there's a really cool reason to explore Eglise St Ouen here...brilliant little winged demons, carrying off the unwise and the unwary...!