Although Rouen is often overlooked by the crowds who flock to Paris, it is just 80 miles (130K) away, and if you are in northern France, it is well worth a visit. If you are hunting down antiques, the old town area near the Cathedral has many antique shops nestled in its cobbled streets, another highlight for collectors has to be the Puces rouennaises, one of the largest second-hand marketplaces in Western France. This market features an endless selection of trinkets, pottery, ceramics, linen, furniture, collectibles and more, all at great prices.
The items on sale are mainly Belgian, Dutch and French Antiques. To help you out and to stop you making a costly mistake a number of experts are available to give buyers a precise estimation high quality (expensive!) antiques. Check for the latest Puces rouennaises dates at the tourist information.
Rouen has a rich history and infamously is where Joan of Arc came to her untimely end in 1431. The architecture is simply astounding and the Notre Dame Cathedral, which has the highest spire in France, was the subject for a series of paintings by the Impressionist painter Claude Monet. Two of his paintings are in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. another is in the National Museum of Serbia in Belgrade.
Also worth visiting is the Gros Horloge astronomical clock which dates back to the 16th century, the movement is considerably older (1389) you can find it in the Rue du Gros Horloge.
Other famous buildings include the 15th century Gothic Church of Saint Maclou, the Tour Jeanne d'Arc, where Joan of Arc was brought to be threatened with torture and the Church of Saint Ouen (12th - 15th century).
The Museum of Ceramics which contains a collection of faience and porcelain for which Rouen was well known during the 16th to 18th centuries.
The Museum des beaux-arts de Rouen, an art museum with pictures of well-known painters such as Monett.
Museum des antiquites, an art and history museum with antic or gothic works.
Rouen is also noted for its surviving half-timbered buildings.
Rouen was the birthplace of:
Edward IV (1442-1483), King of England
Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), novelist