Another French City that is significant in the life of St. John Baptist De La Salle is Rouen, pronounced as “roo-ah.” In fact, St. John Baptist De La Salle spent his last days in Rouen. It is the historic capital city of Normandy and currently the capital city of Haute-Normandie Region.
There are several trains leaving Gare Saint Lazare in Paris everyday and travel time is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Tickets costs around 20Euros and can be purchased at any SNCF ticket office.
Upon reaching Rouen Rive Droite station, you can either go straight out and look for a bus or take the stairs going down to the Rouen Metro. The tramway operates on one line with two southern branches to Saint Etiennes du Rouvray and Le Grand Quevily. The network runs for 1.7 Kms underground in the city center and the remainder on the road surface.
Getting lost in Rouen is almost next to impossible because it is a small city and almost all of the interesting sites can be found within a comfortable walking distance. Several reference points can also be used to go back where you came from like the River Seine, the Cathedral, the Metro line , etc. This city that is often called as a Museum-City was the site of the martyrdom of Joan of Arc, convicted and then burnt at the stake in 1431 on the Place du Vieux Marché.
Every visitor will surely notice the half-timbered architecture and Gothic churches that can be found all over the place. Anybody visiting Rouen should not miss the following:
1. The Notre Dame de Rouen Cathedrale – a remarkable Gothic architecture.
2. Le Gros Horloge- the big astronomical clock.
3. The Church of St. Joan of Arc – a modern-styled church at the Place du Vieux-Marché, where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake.
4. The Church of Saint Maclou- a gem of flamboyant Gothic art.
5. Aitre Saint Maclou – an old parish cemetery created during the Black Plague in 1348. It became the site of one of the schools of St. John Baptist De la Salle. It is now occupied by the Regional School of Fine Arts.
6. Abbey Church of St. Ouen – fine stained glass.
7. Palais de Justice – impressive architecture.
8. Musée de Beaux Arts- museum of fine arts.
9. Musée de la Ferronerie – museum of wrought iron.
10. Place Saint Clement – where a bronze statue of St. John Baptist De La Salle can be found.
11. Church of St. Sever – where St. John Baptist De La Salle was buried.
12. Pont Boieldieu – a bridge that is lined with bronze busts of famous ocean explorers.