Since this is the first time speaking about Rouen on this website, a visual aide may be handy. Voilà:
Rouen is 110 km or 68.35 miles away from Paris.
All paths lead to and from the “gare”/ train station in Rouen via the rue Jeanne D’arc. We were headed downtown and I spied a historical marker plaque. It was a wonderful find:
Just a quick Historical footnote; After a trial for heresy( Joan heard God’s voice who instructed her to lead the French troops into battle against the English), Joan of Arc was burnt on the stake in Rouen by the English in 1431.
The inscription reads:
“ Here stood Phillip Auguste’s castle tower, later known as the tower of the Virgin, Joan of Arc. She was imprisoned here from 25 December, 1430 to 30 May, 1431, the day of her deliverance”.
You can see how the castle once looked like on the engraving:
D & I were happy and turned around to continue the trip downtown. A woman who was waiting in a car came out and showed us that by pushing the door, we could see an ancient well inside. How kind is that? She showed us in and there up close to to one of the original wells from the château.
A sunken “pit” with a well and some original masonry.
The well. It actually existed at the time of the castle( it has been reconstructed since all these years). These remnants of the castle were discovered in 1908, when this building went up.
A painting that depicts the castle.
Hidden guest in the painting.
We really had some very nice help to discover this. The lady was still in her car when we left; we thanked her again!
Don’t miss the next post- with a shiny and beautiful clock.