Rouen side view of Saint Ouen Monastery
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Rouen side view of Saint Ouen Monastery

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on our brief visit to France we arrived to Rouen on June 21 - La Fete de la Musique - in spite of the moody weather.

magnificent town

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A: Rouen - Monastery Saint Ouen

by Valentin Arfire, 30 meters away

on our brief visit to France we arrived to Rouen on June 21 - La Fete de la Musique - in spite of the...

Rouen - Monastery Saint Ouen

B: Saint Ouen - Rouen

by Valentin Arfire, 90 meters away

on our brief visit to France we arrived to Rouen on June 21 - La Fete de la Musique - in spite of the...

Saint Ouen - Rouen

C: Garden of Rouen City Hall

by Daniel Vorndran, 160 meters away

Garden of Rouen City Hall

D: Rouen - Sant Ouen Monastery view from park

by Valentin Arfire, 190 meters away

on our brief visit to France we arrived to Rouen on June 21 - La Fete de la Musique - in spite of the...

Rouen - Sant Ouen Monastery view from park

E: Rue Eau de Robec, Rouen

by Daniel Vorndran, 200 meters away

Rue Eau de Robec, Rouen

F: Rouen : St Nicolas street

by Eric Beltrando, 200 meters away

La rue St Nicolas est l'une des plus typiques du Rouen médiéval épargné par le temps et les guerres. ...

Rouen : St Nicolas street

G: Rouen : Fontaine de la Crosse

by Eric Beltrando, 260 meters away

Cette fut installée en 1487. Construite en calcaire tendre, elle se dégrada beaucoup, et fut remplacé...

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H: Cathédrale de Rouen

by Philippe Dutel, 370 meters away

Notre-Dame de l'Assomption est le monument le plus prestigieux de la ville de Rouen C'est une constru...

Cathédrale de Rouen

I: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen

by Guillaume Taupin, 370 meters away

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen

J: Pont Gustave Flaubert, Rouen

by Guillaume Taupin, 400 meters away

Pont Gustave Flaubert, Rouen

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France is affectionately referred to as "the Hexagon" for its overall shape.

French history goes back to the Gauls, a Celtic tribe which inhabited the area circa 300BC until being conquered by Julius Caesar.

The Franks were the first tribe to adopt Catholic Christianity after the Roman Empire collapsed. France became an independent location in the Treaty of Verdun in (843 AD), which divided up Charlemagne's Carolingian Empire into several portions.

The French monarchy reached its zenith during the reign of Louis XIV, the Sun King, who stood for seventy-two years as the Monarch of all Monarchs. His palace of Versailles and its Hall of Mirrors are a splendid treasure-trove of Baroque art.

The French Revolution ended the rule of the monarchy with the motto "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity!" On July 14th, 1789 angry mobs stormed La Bastille prison and began the Revolution in which Louis XVI, his wife Marie-Antoinette and thousands of others met the guillotine.

One decade after the revolution, Napolean Bonaparte seized control of the Republic and named himself Emperor. His armies conquered most of Europe and his Napoleonic Code became a lasting legal foundation for concepts of personal status and property.

During the period of colonization France controlled the largest empire in the world, second only to Britain.

France is one of the founding members of the European Union and the United Nations, as well as one of the nuclear armed nations of the world.

Text by Steve Smith.

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