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Rouen, located in the heart of Normandy, France, is a city steeped in history, culture, and charm. With its stunning architecture, rich heritage, and vibrant atmosphere, there's no shortage of places to visit and things to do in this beautiful city.

First settlements in that region were from the 6th century before Christ.

On May, 30th of 1431 Jeanne D'Arc (the Virgin of Orleans) was burned in Rouen.

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ROUEN - Gare de la Rue Verte
Railway Station (1915)
Rouen, France

ROUEN - Gare de la Rue Verte
Railway Station (1915)
ROUEN. - Le Quai de Paris (1917)
Rouen, France

ROUEN. - Le Quai de Paris (1917)
Boieldieu Bridge (1950)
Rouen, France

Boieldieu Bridge (1950)
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1419 - January 19 - French city of Rouen surrenders to Henry V in Hundred Years War
1431 - May 30 - Hundred Years' War: in Rouen, France, 19-year-old Joan of Arc is burned at the stake by an English-dominated tribunal.
13th-16th Century - Cathédrale Notre-Dame established in Rouen
1591 - August 19 - French king Henri IV occupies Rouen
1615 - June 2 - First Récollet missionaries arrive at Quebec City, from Rouen, France.
1895 - Rouen
Rouen, a city of France, capital of the department of Seine-Inférieure, on the right bank of the Seine, 84 miles N.W. of Paris, and 56 miles E.S.E. of Havre, with which it is connected by railway. Lat. 49° 26' N.; lon. 1°6' E. Pop. in 1891, 112,352. It stands on a gentle acclivity facing the S., and is built in the shape of an irregular oval, the contour of which is marked out by the site of the old ramparts, which have been levelled down and converted into finely-planted boulevards. In addition to the town proper there are several suburbs, of which that of St. Sever, on the left bank of the river, is the most extensive. Viewed from the adjoining heights, no provincial town in France presents a more magnificent and venerable aspect....
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott

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Ronen, a city of France, capital of the department of Seine-Inferieure, on the right bank of the Seine, 84 miles NW. of Paris and 56 miles ESE. of Havre. Lat. 49° 26' N. ; Lon. 1° 6' E. On the site of its former fortifications there are now fine shady avenues. The old crooked and picturesque streets, with their quaintly gabled and carved timbered houses, have given way in large part to broad, handsome boulevards in the style of those of Paris, but the city has retained many fine specimens of mediaeval architecture. Foremost among the many imposing edifices is the cathedral, one of the finest Gothic structures in Franoe, erected in the thirteenth century. It is a cruciform pile surmounted by three beautiful towers, and has a richly decorated W. facade, handsome portals, magnificent rose windows, and numerous chapels, among them the Lady Chapel, containing many splendid monuments. Henry II. of England lies buried here and here was also entombed the heart of Riohard Coeur-de-Lion.... Read MORE...

1940 - June 10 - German 5th Armour division occupies Rouen
1942 - August 17 - US bombers staged 1st independent raid on Europe attack Rouen, France
2023 - Rouen has something to offer every traveler. Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Rouen:
Rouen Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen):

Start your visit with this breathtaking Gothic masterpiece. The cathedral's intricate façade and stunning interior inspired famous painter Claude Monet. Don't miss the opportunity to climb the tower for a panoramic view of the city.

Old Town (Vieux Rouen):

Wander through the charming cobblestone streets of the Old Town. Admire the well-preserved medieval timber-framed houses and explore hidden courtyards. The Rue du Gros-Horloge is a must-see street with its iconic astronomical clock.

Joan of Arc History Museum (Historial Jeanne d'Arc):

Learn about the life and legacy of the famous French heroine, Joan of Arc, in this interactive and informative museum. It's housed in the Archdiocese's former palace.

Place du Vieux Marché:

Visit the historic square where Joan of Arc was famously executed. Today, it's a lively area with restaurants and cafes, making it a great place to soak up the atmosphere.

Musée des Beaux-Arts ...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Rouen, France

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