The Cathedral de Notre Dame in Rouen is illuminated at night Cathédrale de Lumière 1 June – 15 September 2019 – see www.rouentourisme.com
A new museum opened in Rouen (76 Seine Maritime, Normandie) in 2015 dedicated to the life of that iconic French heroine Joan of Arc: Historial Jeanne d’Arc 7, rue Saint-Romain, 76000 Rouen
In OCTOBER the city of Rouen celebrates Normandy’s food and gastronomy with the Fête du Ventre (Festival of the Stomach) 12 – 13 October 2019 in the Old Market quarter of the city with more than 180 producers of fruit(apples) and vegetables, cheeses, dairy, chocolates, pastries , alcoholic beverages and more…. – see www.rouentourisme.com
Rouen was where Jeanne d’Arc was tried by the English and then burned at the stake in 1431 It was also where a later trial by the French exonerated her posthumously and eventually beatified and canonized her (in 1920). She is one of the patron saints of France.
In Rouen, the memory of Joan of Arc lingers in the patrimony and landscape – the old Market Place, the Keep where she was threatened with torture and the archiepiscopal complex where some of the hearings of her trial were held.
It is perhaps Orléans (45 Loiret,Centre) which has a prior claim on her – she is known as “The Maid of Orléans”, as it was there that she played a major role in lifting the siege of the city of Orléans and ultimately to the restoration of the French King Charles VII.
Reims (51 Marne, Champagne-Ardenne) is another city with links to the Maid – being the place where Charles VII was crowned.
Historial Jeanne d’Arc 7, rue Saint-Romain, 76000 Rouen
Brittany Ferries offers routes from Portsmouth to Le Havre (about 50 miles by car or 50 minutes by train) and Caen (about 85 miles by car) or
DFDS goes from Newhaven to Dieppe (about 40 miles by car, or 50 minutes by train)
For more info on this Cathedral Hotel see Mercure Hotel Cathedrale