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Lower Normandy · May 31, 2007

Rouen and the World Wars
World War I

Church of St. Romain (near the train station, and apparently the town's only memorial to theGreat War; I saw no public memorial)

The juxtaposition of the memorial tablets with the Stations of the Cross is effective andunderstated.

In the train station (World War II). Rouen was a rail center; this memorial is forthe railway workers killed during the war.

It's a town for military heroes, ancient and modern. Joan of Arc was tried and martyred here in1431 and "rehabilitated" here in 1456. On the right is the dungeon where she was imprisoned.

The heart of Richard the Lionheart is in the cathedral

The Cathedral

The Hotel de Ville (with its World War II shell holes)

In the old quarter (beautiful, heavily rebuilt; note the tilt of the building, lower right)

The flamboyant church of St. Maclou, closed for renovation.

Crossing the river
Normans remembered, and St. Joan once again