Rouen is home to the world’s highest vertical lift bridge, the Pont Gustave Flaubert, at 86 metres.

Rouen is the fifth largest port in France, and the largest French export port for grain.

Joan of Arc was burned at the stake for heresy in 1431, but pardoned 25 years later and became a patron saint of France.

Every four years, one of the world’s largest tall ship gatherings, the Armada, is held in Rouen.

The Duchy of Normandy once encompassed England, northern and western France and the Channel Islands.

Two-thirds of France’s population died during the Hundred Years' War from disease, famine or during battles.

The title “Norman” comes from the “Northmen” Vikings who were given the area to settle in 841 AD.

The Seine is, on average, 170 metres wide within Rouen.

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Flying at 13,000m - Rotomagus and the importance of the Seine


Flying at ground level - The Seine and the port of Rouen

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