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Rouen


Rouen is the capital of the Upper Normandy (French: Haute-Normandie) region of France. As of 2007, the city had an estimated population of 109,000, and the metropolitan area had an estimated population of 541,410.


Key Facts about Rouen


Here are some facts about Rouen:
  1. Rouen is the capital of the Upper Normandy (French: Haute-Normandie) region of France.

  2. As of 2007, Rouen had an estimated population of 109,000, and the metropolitan area had an estimated population of 541,410.

  3. People from Rouen are called Rouennais.

  4. During the Middle Ages, Rouen was one of the capitals of the Anglo-Norman dynasties that ruled England and large parts of France from 1066 until the mid 15th century.

  5. Rouen was the scene of Joan of Arc's execution in 1431.

  6. Today Rouen is known for its Gothic cathedral (which was the subject of a series of paintings by Claude Monet, its historic astronomical clock (Gros Horloge), Rouen Castle, and its many surviving half-timbered buildings.

  7. After its original spire was destroyed by a fire caused by lightning in 1822, a new spire was added to Rouen Cathedral, the lantern tower. This tower was topped with an iron spike, and when completed in 1876, the new spire made Rouen Cathedral the tallest building in the world - a title it held until 1880 when overtaken by the construction of Cologne Cathedral (German: Kölner Dom) in Cologne, Germany.

  8. Rouen was also the home of the French Grand Prix for a period. It intermittently hosted the race on the nearby Rouen-Les-Essarts track between 1952 and 1968.



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FIVE CATHEDRALS: DRIVING AROUND FRANCE - Reims, Laon, Rouen, Bayeux, Chartres, pilgrimage.

By Jean-Pierre Le Pan

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Paperback (109 pages)

FIVE CATHEDRALS: DRIVING AROUND FRANCE - Reims, Laon, Rouen, Bayeux, Chartres, pilgrimage.
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Pete and Terry continue their journey through old Europe visiting the homes of the Church that one historian has described as the State in mediaeval times – five great cathedrals in France, whose architecture amazes and captivates - with enclosed spaces that overwhelm spiritually.

Michelin Map No. 514: Ile de France, Paris, Rouen, Orleans and Surrounding Area, Scale 1:200,000 (including street map of Paris) (French Edition)

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Michelin Map No. 514: Ile de France, Paris, Rouen, Orleans and Surrounding Area, Scale 1:200,000 (including street map of Paris) (French Edition)
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Recognized for more than a century for clarity, accuracy and detail even the military has relied Michelin maps Michelin offers over 200 selections for cities, regions and countries in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. In-house cartographers, or mapmakers produce each map and atlas and leave no stone unturned. Everything from major roads to the tiniest routes is depicted on Michelin maps to allow travelers to go off the beaten path with confidence. What makes Michelin maps and atlases stand out? Michelin maps are frequently updated and specifically designed with travelers in mind. Michelin's cartography, user-friendly format and cross-referencing abilities with its renowned guidebook collections are paramount. The clear, clean and uncluttered style of Michelin maps is compounded with extreme attention to detail covering scenic roads, footpaths, panoramic views, emergency telephones, road widths and more. It's this kind of detail that can, for example, help North American tourists avoid surprises while traveling down narrow roads that are often hundreds of years old. Buildings, monuments, park trails and government offices are highlighted, too. When it comes to ease of use, Michelin has really done its homework. Michelin maps and the patented Michelin fold make it a snap to refold, even with one hand on the wheel. All Michelin atlases are available in spiral format, too. That's the number one binding preference according to independent consumer research. Michelin's unique cross-referencing system also makes mapping out travelers trips a cinch. Maps and guides throughout the Michelin collection work together with universal symbols directing to more information.

Rouen & Upper Normandy Footprint Focus Guide: (Includes Dieppe & Le Havre)

By Andrew Sanger

Footprint Travel Guides
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Rouen & Upper Normandy Footprint Focus Guide: (Includes Dieppe & Le Havre)
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Whether you want to explore the history of Joan of Arc, experience the joie de vivre of Rouen, or stroll through the wooded valley of the Seine, FootprintFocus proves an invaluable guide. This compact yet concise book will steer you towards the most interesting sights that Upper Normandy has to offer, as well as ensuring you enjoy undiscovered corners too. Comprehensive listings of the best food, drink and accommodation will help you make the most of your trip. * Essentials section with useful advice on getting to and around Rouen and Upper Normandy. * Comprehensive, up-to-date listings of where to eat, sleep and play. * Includes information on tour operators and activities, from stylish shopping to climbing up to chateaux. * Detailed maps for the Upper Normandy and other key destinations. * Slim enough to fit in your pocket. With detailed information on all the main sights, plus many lesser-known attractions, FootprintFocus Rouen & Upper Normandy provides concise and comprehensive coverage of one of France's most interesting regions. The content of the FootprintFocus Rouen & Upper Normandy guide has been extracted from Footprint's Normandy Full-Color Guide.

Rouen and Surroundings 1:80K IGN (French Edition)

By Institut Geographique National

Institut Geographique National
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DRIVING AROUND FRANCE: Rouen, Bayeux, Cherbourg and the Normandy Landings - WW II

By Jean-Pierre Le Pan

Sparky Publications
Released: 2014-10-09
Kindle Edition (99 pages)

DRIVING AROUND FRANCE: Rouen, Bayeux, Cherbourg and the Normandy Landings - WW II
 
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After paying homage to the great spiritual (Catholic) traditions of France it’s time to visit the darker side of Europe during mid-twentieth century. And rejoice in the unstinting bravery of (mostly) young men whose heroism challenged and conquered evil to give us another chance. Their sacrifices on Normandy’s beaches on 6 June 1944 is the subject of this book.

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Monet and Architecture

By Richard Thomson

National Gallery London
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The first book to focus on Monet’s work through his representation of architecture

In an innovative approach, Richard Thomson considers Claude Monet’s paintings of buildings in their environment, offering a reappraisal of an artist more often associated with landscapes, seascapes, and gardens. Buildings fulfilled various roles in Monet’s canvases; some are chiefly compositional devices while others throw into sharp contrast the forms of man-made construction against the irregularity of nature, or suggest the absent presence of humans. The theme was both central and consistent over five decades of his 60-year career.
 
Written by a renowned expert on Impressionism, this book covers Monet’s representations of historical buildings, inner cities, beach resorts, railway bridges and stations, suburban housing, and busy harbors—subjects spanning northern France, the Mediterranean, and the cities of Rouen, London, and Venice.  In addition to 75 great paintings by Monet, this thematic, picture-led book includes a wealth of comparative material, such as postcards, posters, original travel photography, and rarely seen aerial photography that sets Monet’s work firmly in its historical, cultural, and social framework.


 
 
 

 
 
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