Rue du Gros-Horloge

Rue du Gros-Horloge, Rouen: Address, Phone Number, Rue du Gros-Horloge Reviews: 4.5/5

Rue du Gros-Horloge
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Neighborhoods • Historic Walking Areas
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Stephenbkk20156
Okayama Prefecture, Japan712 contributions
Aug 2019
We really enjoyed the attractions of this street. From the old market place, to the cathedral and on to the clock itself, there was always something interesting, something Medieval, something architectural.

We had not intended to walk the whole length of it. We were leaving town soon. But the more we saw, the more we wanted to see. We wandered and wandered, taking in the sites and the atmosphere of the Old City.

Plenty of opportunities to buy stuff along the way, but retail was not overdone. The modern stores took a back seat to the medieval architecture.

A delightful place to stroll.
Written January 4, 2020
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simply-peregrinating
Waddington, UK2,754 contributions
Oct 2019
This bustling street from the cathedral down to the market is a lovely one to walk on because of all the things to see along the way. Of course the clock tower is the main attraction especially when the sun light catches it and it glistens. There are plenty of half timbered buidings painted in various colours to see. The street does get busy especially near the clock.
Written May 10, 2020
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Edward XIV
Eau Claire, WI21 contributions
Apr 2019 • Solo
I fell in love with Rouen! Beautiful town away from the city crowds. If you’re looking for a relaxing old world feel, this is it. As the birth place of Edward the IV I was especially interested. A short and inexpensive train ride from Paris. Well worth the trip. I recommend a couple of days to really take it in.
Written March 5, 2020
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Acineto
Auckland Central, New Zealand17,499 contributions
Jan 2020
We followed this road from the Saint Joan of Arc church to the clock. It then led to the Notre Dame Cathedral if you kept going. The road was quite nice since it was cobbled. There were shops along the whole street. It is a nice area to walk around in the city.
Written May 14, 2020
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Adrian G
Island of Malta, Malta467 contributions
May 2013 • Couples
I have to say from the start that on the whole I was disappointed with the city of Rouen which is the Capital of Upper Normandy. Perhaps my expectations were high after having read a lot about it. The fact that old and new buildings are mixed together dilutes it's appearance and it's beauty. With the exception of great part of the old town the rest is a mix of styles. The main reason for this of course is the destruction,more than 45%, caused by bombing during the second world war, a great tragedy to this city.
However the Rue du Gros-Horloge is one of the exceptions. We parked our van near the Cathedral in the Haute Vieille Tour parking. This is Rouen's main street and makes for a very interesting walk which leads to the Place du Vieux Marche, site of the martyrdom of Joan of Arc and the modern church dedicated to her.. The main attraction in this street is the Gros Horloge. This is a one handed,gold gilded medieval astronomical clock made in 1389, moved from the belfry and installed in a Renaissance arch crossing the street in 1527. Under the number VI, a deity associated with the day of the week appears at noon on a chariot. Above the clock face,a globe indicates the phase of the moon. The dial is two and a half meters in diameter. The clock keeper was responsible for its maintenance and lived in the small loggia next to the archway. You can visit this loggia and also see the actual clock movement. We visited on Whit Monday, a public holiday, so it was closed. This quaint street has shops and cafes with many original half timbered houses. Although it was raining we still enjoyed walking in this historical street.
Written July 10, 2013
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vidadoro
San Francisco988 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
Literally, to walk on this street is to walk not exactly through time, but under it. Rue du Gross Horloge is a lovely medieval street, but the clock is the height of this experience. Of all the town clocks I have seen in Europe, this is the one that comes to mind first. It is stunningly beautiful and very well maintained. As you walk through the gate under the clock, be sure to look up at the bas relief under the arch. If you didn't know that Rouen was a big part of the wool trade in centuries past, you'll believe it after seeing the under side of the arch.
Written March 8, 2015
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vcampbe
Dublin, Ireland83 contributions
Feb 2015 • Friends
load of junkies asking for money. cant cope with this. suppose its a nice enough street. only good thing on is Delirium. Clock is alright.
Written February 21, 2015
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nancyb926
Palm Beach Gardens, FL1,729 contributions
Sep 2014 • Solo
Many visitors are unaware that they can climb to the top of this magnificent clock tower. There is a recorded history and narrative available which offers considerable information about the clock motif and workings. Although I was a bit frightened when I walked the catwalk outside of the tower, the view of Rouen was magnificent!
Written September 15, 2014
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Debsinclairb
Crewkerne, Somerset123 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
This is a review about the little advertised museum where you can get in to the building and see behind the face of this famous clock. The door is on the right side of the road, just under the clock arch. It cost us only a few Euros and the visit was really interesting. We climbed inside the building and looked down on the street from behind the clock face. Another two floors up and we saw the actual workings of the clock. Up and up again and we could get into the bell tower that sits above the clock and to the right. The bells are huge! Up again and you emerge on a walkway high above the street and can walk round the outside of the bell tower with fantastic views of the cathedral and surrounding streets. Warning - we visited on a hot day and the lead on the roof gets hot. Be careful of touching it as you walk round on the outside. Really interesting audio guide included in price.
Written August 4, 2014
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Dickd1946
Charleston, SC1,228 contributions
Aug 2012 • Couples
No matter which way you are headed as you are circumnavigating Rouen you will encounter Rue du Gros-Horloge. Aside from the obvious uniqueness of the time pieces a quick jaunt up for the view is worthy too. The area surrounded by shoppes, eateries and drinking establishments can consume some worthwhile time in the area.
Written October 11, 2012
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