Place du Vieux-Marche (Old Market Square), Rouen

Place du Vieux-Marche (Old Market Square), Rouen

The Old Market Square is a historic and vibrant square known for its rich history, architecture, and cultural significance.

One of the most prominent features of Old Market Square is the Church of Saint-Jeanne-d’Arc, a stunning modern church that serves as a memorial to Joan of Arc. This unique architectural masterpiece was designed by Louis Arretche and stands as a symbol of the city's connection to the iconic historical figure.

The square is also famous for its open-air market, which has been a tradition in Rouen for centuries. Visitors can explore the market stalls, where local vendors offer a wide range of products, including fresh produce, artisanal goods, clothing, and more. It's a fantastic place to immerse yourself in the local culture and taste some of the region's culinary delights.

One of the most significant historical events associated with Old Market Square is the execution of Joan of Arc. On May 30, 1431, Joan of Arc, just 19 years old, met her tragic fate as she was executed by burning at the stake. This solemn event unfolded in the historic Old Market Square, bearing witness to a significant gathering of onlookers. Among the spectators, some had assembled at the square's most ancient inn, recognized today as La Couronne. Today, a monument commemorating her memory can be found in the square.

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Place du Vieux-Marche (Old Market Square) on Map

Sight Name: Place du Vieux-Marche (Old Market Square)
Sight Location: Rouen, France (See walking tours in Rouen)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Rouen, France

Create Your Own Walk in Rouen

Create Your Own Walk in Rouen

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Joan of Arc Historical Sites

Joan of Arc Historical Sites

Joan of Arc, a patron saint of France, is honored as a defender of the French nation for her role in the 15th-century siege of Orléans that marked a turning point of the Hundred Years' War between France and England. The memory of Joan is engraved in various heritage sites and urban spaces throughout Rouen, the town in which she met her death.

The historic Old Market Square (Place du...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Rouen Introduction Walking Tour

Rouen Introduction Walking Tour

A proud jewel of the Seine Valley in the picturesque Upper Normandy, France, the city of Rouen has a story dating back centuries. The name "Rouen" stems from the Gaulish-Roman era when the city was known as "Rotomagus." Over time, it has evolved into "Rouen".

During the Middle Ages, Rouen was the seat of the Exchequer of Normandy. It was also one of the capitals of...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles