Rouen and the Joan of Arc Museum

Rouen Cathedral

The Cathedral de Notre Dame in Rouen is illuminated at night Cathédrale de Lumière 1 June – 15 September 2019 – see

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

Rouen Fete du Ventre poster

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

Historial Jeanne d’Arc

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)

Holiday accommodation in Rouen including hotels, B&B and self-catering including the very central Mercure Hotel Cathedrale right by the Cathedral

For more info on this Cathedral Hotel see Mercure Hotel Cathedrale

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