The name of the pedestrian Rue du Gros-Horloge, Rouen's most popular street, comes from the Gros-Horloge itself, a giant Renaissance clock. In 1527 the Rouennais had a splendid arch built especially for it, and today its golden face looks out over the street. You can see the clock's inner workings from the 15th-century belfry. Though the street is crammed with stores, a few old houses dating from the 16th century remain. Wander through the surrounding Vieux Rouen (Old Rouen), a warren of tiny streets lined with more than 700 half-timber houses, many artfully transformed into fashionable shops.
- Address: Rue du Gros-Horloge, Vieux-Marché, Rouen, 76000
- Phone: /02–32–08–01–90
- Cost: €6
- Hours: Jul.–Aug., 9–6; Apr.–Oct., Tues.–Sun. 10–1 and 2–7; Nov.–Mar., Tues.–Sun. 2–6
- Location: Rouen