The famous Cathedral in Rouen is simply referred to as “the cathedral” but many people know it as Notre Dame Cathedral. It’s been highlighted by many famous artists throughout the years, but most notably Claude Monet who made several paintings of the Cathedral at different times of the day.

Contruction on the Cathedral (or in French, the Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen) began in 1200, but it didn’t appear in its final form, as now, until the 1800s. Currently, it contains the tomb of Richard the Lionheart, which actually contains his heart. The Cathedral currently is the seat of the Archbishop of Rouen.

During WWII, the cathedral was bombed and took several direct hits, but it was not crushed and is still a hugely popular tourist attraction in Rouen.

Other architectural interest sites include the half-timbered houses in town. Many visitors enjoy seeing this style of architecture, particularly as much of France has at least some areas that are modern, but Rouen has maintained its old-world charm mainly via the timbered buildings and cobbled streets.

Many visitors to Rouen are particularly interested in the damage done to the town through hundreds of years of fighting, bombing and the like. At the Palais de Justice, you can see severe damage to the building from bombs, bullets and other attacks, but the building remains, a true testament to the quality of workmanship that existed in medieval times.