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Situated a little way south of France’s channel coastline and on the banks of the River Seine lies the ancient city of Rouen. Historically the capital city of Normandy Rouen was once one of the most affluent cities in Medieval Europe and as a result now boasts some of the finest architecture of the continent. Joan of Arc was executed here in 1431, making it an ideal location to discover some of France’s unique historical heritage. Its story begins as early as the Roman times. Central to Normandy both culturally and geographically, Rouen is an absolute delight to explore.
After city-wide destruction in both the Hundred Years War and World War 2, Rouen has been cleverly and painstakingly restored to its former glory with beautiful period houses lining the narrow medieval streets. With a wealth of opportunities for exploration – Monet’s home in nearby Giverny for example, is well worth a visit – Rouen is a clear frontrunner for the most culture-rich city in northern France. A must for even the most discerning traveller.