CITY SCENES, Rouen
Numerous works of art are displayed at Musée des Beaux-Arts. Pieces from Rubens, Caravaggio, Poussin, Corot and others are housed here. There is an entire area devoted to the works of Géricault, and included amongst them is a portrait of Delacroix. There are several Impressionist works here as well, including several versions of the Rouen Cathedral by Monet.
During the Middle Ages the Place du Vieux-Marché was smaller than it appear today. It had got many small churches like the Eglise of St.Sauveur which was destroyed during the Revolution. You can see the ruins of it in the small garden on the right side of the Eglise St-Jeanne d'Arc.
The Place du Vieux-Marché is one of the best of Rouen. Along its sides you can see nice examples of Maisons a colombage (Half-timbered houses).
This square is very important because Joan of Arc was burned here on 30 May 1431. A croix and a plate remembered the place of the execution.
If you go during the christmas period, make sure you go to the centre of town, near Notredame Cathedral, as there is an annual german market, which is great!!
One day, on a lunch break, I was wondering around town when I saw a crowd. I managed to get to the front and saw that some local school children were given block of ice to carve things out of! It was just precious!!
Rue du Gros Horloge here is but one of dozens of narrow and winding lanes and alleys...have your little map or guidebook, just in case, but for the best adventures, just wander...like I said, it's a village not a metropolis, you can't really get all that lost in Rouen. But if you *do,* well, lucky you, eh?
Here in the center of old Rouen you can walk the pedestrian streets, seeing the sights, stopping at a small cafe, shopping for hand painted china, without worrying about traffic.
It is located in front of the big cathedral, which is also the location of the tourist office. When going there and ask for a free travel map, don't forget to look upside.
Lovely street with half-timbered houses and if you look backward you get a wonderful view of St. Ouen.