Château de Rouen

Rouen, France

Château de Rouen was a castle built by Philip II of France from 1204 to 1210 following his capture of the duchy from John, duke of Normandy and king of England. Located outside the medieval town to its north, in a dominant position, it played a military role in the Hundred Years' War and the Wars of Religion. It was the main seat of power, administration and politics in the duchy of Normandy for nearly 400 years.

It was here that Joan of Arc was imprisoned in December 1430 and tried from 21 February to 23 May 1431. Vulnerable to artillery like other medieval fortresses, all but the keep (now known as the Tour Jeanne d'Arc) was dismantled in 1591 by Henry IV of France. The pointed roof of the keep was added in restoration works beginning in the 1870s. During the Second World War the tower was camouflaged and turned into a bunker by the occupying German forces. It is now open to the public.

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Rue du Donjon 2, Rouen, France
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Founded: 1204-1210
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)

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Anu Haden (3 years ago)
Interesting piece of history, but there's no way to interact with it--no publicly posted knowledge, and no apparent ability to enter. Overall very unassuming and easy to miss. There's lots of construction in the area, so perhaps it's undergoing renovations?
Dave Sarks (3 years ago)
The tower where Jean d'Arc was imprisoned.
Ryan Korte (3 years ago)
Just amazing, and over 1000 yrs old.
Marat Rakhimov (3 years ago)
It is important about work time! If you want go without game and guide, one or few person, you can do it only at 14:00 to 16:00. Time of work official - for groupe game with guide.
Rod Sangala (3 years ago)
Cool old (1000 year old) piece of History. It was closed when there. There are doing some Reno or refirb.
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