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Gros Horloge

Admire the opulent decorations of a Renaissance clock and enjoy a stroll along one of Rouen’s most historic and atmospheric streets.

Gros Horloge is an antique clock and major landmark of Rouen, which adorns an archway on the picturesque Rue de Gros Horloge. Admire the clock’s lavish astronomical design and gilded art work. Wander along Rue de Gros Horloge to spot historic buildings, visit major city attractions, enjoy some shopping and relax at one of many cafés. 

This centuries-old clock has two twin faces on either side of an elegant street archway. Its name, Gros Horloge, means Big Clock. Designed by Jourdain del Leche in 1389, it was moved to its current location in 1529. Study the Renaissance clock faces, which symbolize a 24-rayed sun set on a star-filled background. A ball sits in an oculus above the dials and represents the phases of the moon. In an opening below the dials you can see allegorical scenes symbolizing the days of the week.

Stand back from the clock to benefit from the best photo opportunities, with surroundings of medieval buildings and towers. Walk beneath the archway to see intricate carvings of animals and mythological characters. Afterward, walk in either direction along Rue de Gros Horloge, one of Rouen’s most architecturally impressive and lively streets. 

Gaze up at the timber-framed houses standing alongside grand Parisian-style buildings. Peak inside fashion, handicraft and jewelry stores or enjoy people-watching from a café terrace. The eastern edge of the street leads to the magnificent Gothic-style Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen (Rouen Cathedral). At the opposite end of the street is Place du Vieux Marché (Old Market Square), home to the modern Église Sainte-Jeanne d’Arc (Church of St. Joan of Arc). 

Located at the heart of Rue de Gros Horloge, the Gros Horloge is easily accessible via public transportation. The nearest tram stop is Palais de Justice, while Rouen’s central train station is just a 15-minute walk away. Walk to the clock in less than 10 minutes from other major city attractions, including the Musée de Beaux-Arts (Museum of Fine Arts).


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      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Rouen City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rouen Cathedral and Gros Horloge. Tour Jeanne d'Arc and Saint-Ouen Church are also within 15 minutes. Palais de Justice Tram Station is 5 minutes by foot and Theatre des Arts Tram Station is 7 minutes.

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        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Rouen City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rue du Gros-Horloge and Rouen Cathedral. Musee Jeanne D'Arc de Rouen and Place du Vieux-Marche are also within 5 minutes. Theatre des Arts Tram Station and Palais de Justice Tram Station are within a 5-minute walk.

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              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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                Le Logis Saint Eloi £132
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                  Located in Rouen City Centre, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Musee Jeanne D'Arc de Rouen and Rouen Cathedral. Rue du Gros-Horloge and Jeanne d'Arc Church are also within 5 minutes. Theatre des Arts Tram Station and Palais de Justice Tram Station are within a 5-minute walk.