Rue Saint-Romain is a quaint and ancient Rouen street that has modern boutiques. So it is the perfect blend of old and new. Take a stroll down the short, cobblestone Rue Saint-Romain, and you will find yourself right in the midst of the old town of Rouen.
Meanwhile, tourists flock to this charming area to see the city's renowned cathedral and learn about the life of a notable historical figure honored by a fascinating museum. If you find yourself in central Rouen, you can not afford to miss this lovely, pedestrianized stretch of the city.
Rue Saint-Romain is available to the public all day throughout the year. Nearby landmarks include the Musée des Beaux-Arts, which is under 10 minutes walk away. The tiny, twisting lanes of Rouen’s old town are easiest to explore on foot, although trams do run to surrounding areas.
Walk down Rue Saint-Romain, which was named for an Archbishop of Rouen in the 7th century, and be amazed at the relics from various time periods that have been preserved there. Portail des Bibliothécaires's archway was built in the 13th century and can be seen on this street mesmerizing many souls.
How to explore Rue Saint-Romain?
- The 15th- to 18th-century half-timbered facades of the ancient homes are visible above their stone foundations. Check out the unique stores that can be found on the ground levels of many of these old structures.
- You can come to this street to peruse the trendy clothing boutiques and unique souvenir shops, taking breaks at the many eateries.
- Shop for books, fashion items and presents as you meander down this little street. Pause in a café or crêperie and have some authentic Normandy food while savoring the old-world ambiance.
- Discover one of France's most illustrious historical personalities at the Museum of Joan of Arc. The museum is on the site where her trial took place. Learn about the trial through a series of interactive displays and then pay a visit to the chapel where she was given her sentence.
- The towering Notre Dame de Rouen Cathedral may be found right over the street. The foundation for this magnificent church was laid in the 12th century and has continued to grow ever since. It is one of Normandy's most remarkable ecclesiastical and architectural sites, with its vaulted ceilings, rose windows, and Staircase of the Libraries.