The vivacious city of Rouen is situated in northern France along the River Seine. This Normandy region metropolis has a wealth of historical religious architecture, and it is often referred to as City of a Hundred Spires. Most notable of these structures is the Notre Dame Cathedral; it was the primary focus of numerous paintings created by Claude Monet. Get behind the wheel of your Auto Europe car hire, and discover the lovely villages that dot the Seine Valley surrounding Rouen.
Since the 4th century, some form of religious structure has stood at the site where the Notre Dame Cathedral sits today. Throughout time various churches that were based there have been destroyed and then a new one would be rebuilt atop of the previous building's rubble. The cathedral that is presently located on this land is a massive stone structure with Gothic and Renaissance features, and the metamorphoses that the Notre Dame Cathedral has taken on over many centuries is most apparent when you look at its main three towers. Each spire was constructed during a different period, thus giving each its individual, distinct characteristics.
After visiting the cathedral, take a walk up Rue du Gros Horloge, and about three blocks along the way, you will see an ornate 16th-century astrological clock. The Gros Horloge (Great Clock) is fixed to a charming, arched passageway above the street. A few blocks north of here, you will find the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, a fine arts museum that boasts the works of Monet and Géricault. Not too far from the museum is Place du Vieux Marché, the perfect location to sit down at one of the outdoor cafes for lunch.
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