Rouen 2.000 years of history

In Rouen, history is everywhere, in each end of streets, testified of a rich past and offering to visitors astonishing contrasts.

When Roman arrived to the first of Ratumacos(Gaulish name of Rouen), after their victory of Gaul in 56 before JC, they discovered left people who were Harding established. It was here to 125 Km to the sea, in a curl of the seine, that veliocasses (this their name) know Roman peace and a reliable prosperity. This prosperity crossed times and Rouen stayed the second town of France until in the seventeenth century.

Meanwhile, it would have know greater events which sometimes hurted it, or grow it, then in 840, Vikings arrived and ransacked and put fire to the town before it would be the capital of the Norman state 70 years ago. Even under the English domination(1419-1449),which would conduct Joan of arch to the woodcut, the shopping vacation of Rouen didn't refute, for the town was an obliged passage between the north of the duchy of Normandy and south.

The international radiance of Rouen, didn't stop to confirm and exchanges diversified. Britain, England, Holland, Spain, Italy but also Guinea, new found land had quickly shopping bound with the Norman capital. Rouen became the door of America opening also to Brazil. This good heath of town was burst by the cardinal George d'Amboise throwing an important program in 1494 and 1510, a program of architectural recasting whish trained the town to be one of the first and most prestigious home of the renaissance.

It was also in Rouen where Borne Cavalier de la Salle, the explorer of the Mississippi, Corneille and Fontenelle. A lot of important writers would pass a stay there. Without forget another illustrious person, Pascal, who in 1652, created the first machine to count in Rouen.

The taller of the Norman erased since the eighteenth century, even if Rouen imposed itself for the weaving of cotton and earthenware. Rouen would be also the cradle of the impressionism.

The last outrage than Rouen know took place in the middle of the twentieth century, first when German occupied the town in 1940, then in 1944, during the bombing allied.

Today, the city has care for its wounds, but continues to arrange traces of its past.