Thursday, July 7, 2011

Normandie, Rouen, France...

Le Gros Horloge (the Great Clock) is the main medieval symbol of Rouen (France).
The clock is located on a beautiful stone arch which crosses the Rue du Gros Horloge, the famous street in Rouen with beautiful half-timbered houses of the 15, 16 and 17th centuries.
In 1409; a clock face was installed on the archway over a gate in the ancient Roman walls.
The current archway and clock faces, were rebuilt between 1527-1529.
The giant astronomical renaissance clock indicates the hour, day of the week and the phase of the moon.
Rouen is the historic capital city of Normandy, in northern France on the River Seine.
Rouen was one of the largest and most prosperous cities of medieval Europe.
It was in Rouen where Joan of Arc was burnt in 1431.
Rouen is also known for its Notre Dame Cathedral (built from the 12th century).

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