the justice palace or courthouse in Rouen. a wonderful architectural building
A perfect example of the final period of the middle age architecture. The oldest part is the west wing (to the left of the photo) built from 1499 to house the speake house of the Bourgeois and the exchequer of Normandy (the high judicial and finance court).
From 1508, it was enlarged with a new building perpendicular to the royal palace or Palais Royal,finished in the middle of the 16C. Meanwhile, François Ier had transformed the exchequier into a parliament. this central wing had a extraordinary decoration. From the high of the roof we can admire the grand lucarnes and the balustre with pinnacles and link to the two counterforce towers. At the 19C, the building was enlarged again towards the Streets rue Jeanne d'Arc and rue Socrate
a nice park of about 10 ha, right in the city. 114 av. des Martyrs-de-la-Résistance , admission is free. Hours in summer from 8h30-19h45 ;and in winter from 8h30-17h45
You have 3000 species represented and 5000 trees in open air with the spectacular giant nénuphar of the Amazon, Victoria Regia, where the leaves in form of a dish can reach one meter in diameter.
a great place to unwind and relax with the family, from my kids younger we came here each time in the city which was often.
Painted by Dutch master Johannes Bosboom in 1839, this painting hangs in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
To study it more closely, do a search for 'Bosboom' in the Rijksmuseum collection at the link below!
well the center of it is at pl du vieux marché whre the Joanne of Arc church is, but this one is a bit away, more cozy, more haggling, less touirists and I think too better prices. Its our favorite in town.
see it at place st Marc, from quai de Paris by the river go up on rue Armand Carrel and you are it.So the easiest for visitors is to go by the Seine from joanne of arc, turn left stay on the left hand side of the street and continue until rue Armand Carrel turn left to market.
open Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 6h-18h, and Sundays from 6h-13h30 ,on the Saturdays and Sundays you ,also, will find clothings, antiques etc the works.
We stumbled upon this restored Gothic fountain as we were going to the Beaux Arts Museum from the Church of St.-Ouen. (I am not certain of this as our notes are long gone). It is at the corner of r. de l"Hospital and r. des Carmes.
The so called "Tour Jeanne d'Arc" is at the northwest edge of the old town. We could see from the street corner as we left our quaint old hotel (See Tip). It is actually the keep and the only part surviving of the Chateau that Philippe Augustus built in the 12 C. (A plaque denoting the exact site of Jeanne's imprisonment in the castle is a short distance off). This structure is a museum (fee) to the Saint explaining the details of her capture inquisition and execution. (We did not go in).
The Place Verdel is a green space in the heart of Rouen next to the rue Thiers and before the Musee de Beax-Arts. It is actually a small park occupying two square blocks with walks shade trees, benches a playground and a pond with ducks fronting the large museum. Also before the Museum is a statue of Rollo the Norman who planned Rouen. It is a fine place to stop and rest tired feet or plan an attack on the museum. We consider it "off the path" because it is easy to walk by it instead of through it as you go by to adjacent sites. Go in even if you are not going to the museum.
Most medieval towns that are still having parts in original styles, are filled with thousand and one small, smaller and narrowest alleys, that connect the streets and run between the houses. Sometimes these alleys lead to surprising little secret squares, yards or gardens. Roam around in the streets of Rouen and maybe get lost ... in the knowledge that you never can be far from main attractions such as the Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen or Saint-Maclou.
Rouen tourist information office is not only a very hospitable place where all questions are answered to the many visitors that come to town, but is also a monument on the list of "tourist attractions". The tourist iformation office is situated in one of the oldest renaissance buildings of Rouen. It dates back to the 16th century and used to be a civil house of a rich trader and later became the city institute of finances (a kind of bank). It is immediately across the square in front of cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen.
Rouen is the capitol of Normandy (departments Basse- and Haute Normandy) and therefore is also the centre of jurisdiction. The legal powers are here in the Palace of Justice, the higher court of Normandy. The building is again constructed in a beautiful gothic style with fine ornaments, decorations, statues, shapes and forms. However, the building is rather stuffed in between many other buildings and therefor doesn't completely come to it's right in scenic views.
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 ...
This wonderful street is like a oasis inside the citycenter of Rouen, yet not often visited by the touristic masses that roam around the cathedral and the Vieux Marche. Rue Eau de Robec means "Water of the Robec - street" and this becomes clear when you walk through this street and see that along the road, water runs through a small canal. Only recently the water of this creek came back to the surface, as for long time the water was pressed into the sewer system of Rouen. The water, the beautiful woodwork houses plus the many flowers and greens in this street, make the "Rue Eau de Robec" a pleasurous place to walk through. There's even a small place with "Petanque"-lanes, where the citizens of town play this typical French game.
Rouen cityhall is immediately next to Saint Ouen church and situated in the old conventory buildings of the Saint Ouen abbey. The grandeur of the buildings looks impressive and the many flags that are present inside and on the building show a strange patriotism, as Normandy for several centuries was English and it was in Rouen that the French hero Jeanne d'Arc ended on the burning staple. Maybe they are trying to make it up? (-:
On the square in front of the city hall (Hotel de Ville) stands a statue of Napoleon Bonaparte, traditionally on top of a horse, but strange enough without his so typical head. Someone told me that in this the statue is unique and Napoleon was very not amused with this statue.
If you have time, don't miss this beautiful little side-street called 'Rue Eau de Robec.' A small stream runs through the street separated by paving stones and archways. The architecture is gorgeous and it's untouched by tourist traps.
Flaubert called the street 'Little Venice.'
There is also a lovely little café along this street - can't recall the name but you can't miss it - and many antique shops.
It's in the Saint Maclou quartier - ask for directions or a map at the tourist office opposite the Cathedrale.
But even these fancy fences get dirty with dust, mud, etc.. Then, they need some grooming! Actually the grooming is done with a high-pressure jet of water and we were lucky to catch that unusual sight.