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Rue du Gros-Horloge
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Small Group Day Trip to Rouen from Paris
Ranked #9 of 81 things to do in Rouen
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Reviewed November 16, 2013

Loved strolling down this historical street on our way back from the Rouen Cathedral. If you can look past the beautiful modern shops, use a bit of imagination, you feel the medieval.
The place is quaint!

Thank Jolanie G
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Reviewed November 14, 2013

When visiting Rouen, you will most likely walk by this clock tower. All of Rouen is a very interesting place with charming cobble-stone streets and medieval architecture. We walked around from the Cathedral area back towards the Joan of Arc monument/church and also to the cemetery of the plague victims. Some might say we were roaming around lost, but we did get to see a good bit of this historic and beautiful city!

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Reviewed October 29, 2013

The town centre is really lovely to walk round and the Rue du Gros-Horloge is especially attractive. True, the shops are mainly modern looking, but the cobble stones, no cars, and the buildings themselves being old, lends a very medieval atmosphere to the scene. There is a lot to see in old Rouen.

1  Thank tobique
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

This is a perfect example of the European streets that North American's see in travel brochures and hope to experience.

If you have only a limited time to wander the streets this is the one to choose.

This street will take you from the huge Gothic Cathedral that dominates the skyline, through the ornately carved stone gateway that houses the huge clock (Gros-Horloge) for which this street is named, through about a 6 block journey through the Middle Ages, to the ultra modern Eglise Sainte-Jeanne d'Arc (church of St. Joan of Arc).

At street level there are a mix of modern day stores, boutiques and picturesque flower stalls. As it is a high tourist traffic area don't expect the prices to be cheap, but you will find consumer temptations if that is what you desire. No cars to impede the beauty of the well preserved ancient site and your freedom to roam.

Looking up you will see the exposed timbers and plaster exteriors of buildings from the Middle Ages that were expanded and constructed in a gravity defying manner, that seem to gain support by leaning into each. Painted in a variety of colours, and decorated with stone and wood carvings and ancient timbers, their beauty is only matched by their longevity and perseverance through wars, and the ravages of time.

There are smaller ancient churches along the way, so I by-passed the large Cathedral for another visit. My visit was on an off-season Saturday morning, so I avoided a lot of wait times.

The clock itself (about 2 blocks from the big Cathedral) allows an up-close view of the detailed stone carving that dominates many of the ancient buildings of Rouen.

This visit to Rouen was limited to 3 hours and I was able to take in the Joan of Arc tower and Museum, wander the streets to the Cathedral, down Rue du Gros-Horloge to the Eglise Sainte-Jeanne d'Arc and back to the train station, with plenty of time for a shopping and a cafe stop for people watching. That covered an area of about 6 blocks on each side of the triangle.

I wander & let the adventure unfold, but would advise a street map of the centre of Rouen as streets are at odd angles. It is easy to lose your way among the tall old buildings.

Don't forget your camera. Flat, comfortable shoes are highly recommended.

2  Thank NMH500
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

This is a masterwork & amazing how they purposely only used 1 arm on the clock for the hour. Just our luck that the clock was closed while we were there so we were unable to go inside and climb up for what we were told was a great view.

Thank ekejdono
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