After enjoying a filling breakfast at B&B yesterday, we drove off to Rouen to see the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. Monet painted the cathedral 30 times in the span of 2 years, so I was very excited to see it, obviously it was something special. And indeed it was!
Most of the cathedral was constructed in the 13th century, but due to damage inflicted by natural disasters and human conflicts, much of it has been restored. The spire of this magnificent structure is the tallest in France, specifically built to be seen above the hills of the surrounding countryside. It’s a truly incredible structure.
The cathedral offered lots of history and plenty of marvel-worthy architecture; I really enjoyed our visit! From the cathedral, we walked down the street to get a glimpse of the Gros Horloge. It’s a gorgeous clock but didn’t offer anything too special for me. I’m glad we got to see it, but I enjoyed the walk there more than the clock itself.
Just past the clock was the sight at which Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. It’s incredibly hard to imagine such a gruesome event occurring in the picturesque town! The memorial cross is huge and unignorable (I know that’s not really a word, but I think it describes the cross well 😉 ):
After hitting some of the cute shops along the street, we grabbed a quick treat from the pastry shop right by the parking garage and hopped back into the car, headed for Bayeux.
More details on Bayeux will come soon!