Rouen, the historic capital of Normandy, is a City of Art and History with an important architectural and religious heritage. Nicknamed the “city of a hundred spires”, it offers visitors a wealth of places of interest, including the Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, Saint-Maclou church, a wonderful example of Flamboyant Gothic style, and the 14th-century Saint-Ouen abbey church. The Aître Saint-Maclou, a former charnel house, is a quiet and mysterious place with an internal courtyard planted with trees and timber-framed buildings with macabre decorative details.
Very picturesque, the streets of the old districts, lined with old half-timbered houses, are the perfect place for a stroll. The Damiette, Martainville, and Saint Romanesque streets are particularly rich in timber-framed houses. The Vieux-Marché square is where Joan of Arc was burned in 1431. Today, the Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc church is a very original modern building that sits in the centre of the square.
The Fine Art museum (Musée des Beaux Arts) houses collections of paintings from the 16th to 20th centuries. A ceramics museum is also open to the public.