Rouen has a town centre where contemporary architecture mixes with a medieval historic centre. The little cobbled pedestrianised streets will accompany your weekends, holidays or excursions. These incomparable charming streets are decked on both sides with timber framed houses dating from the Middle Ages.
A timber framed house is made up of a wooden framework and infill. Corbelling, enabling the creation of floors that overhang the ground floor, was developed in the 14th century. With the technique being perfected, it is still possible to see houses with two, three, or even four floors until they were banned in 1520 due to the beliefs about sanitation fears of the plague and fire propagation risks.
Rue Damiette, place Saint-Amand, rue Martainville, rue du Gros-Horloge, place du Vieux Marché, rue des Bons Enfants and rue Eau de Robec are the best streets for strolling around and looking up, to best enjoy the romanticism and charm of these buildings.
Timber framed houses represent the ideal setting to relive great moments of the Middle Ages with your family, or spend a romantic trip for two in Normandy.