Château Gaillard

Rouen
Normandy
Attractions and places of interest
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

These ruins are what remain of Richard the Lionheart's 12th century castle, built on the banks of the Seine to protect Normandy from the French. Advanced for its time, it is a masterpiece of military architecture and during the Hundred Years War, it stood up to a seige against the forces of John Beaufort, the Duke of Exeter for 18 months before surrender. Richard IV ordered the dismantling of the castle to use the stone to build château Gaillon and a monastery. Perched on a rock near Les Andelys, the castle is a focal point in a protected natural area that is great for climbers and hikers. 

Nearby attractions

The purpose of this museum is to study the international nature of the Impressionist movement, with particular attention given to the Giverny colony and the artists of the Seine Valley.

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Places to visit nearby

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Nearby events

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Vernon celebrates film from all over the world.This festival celebrates film in Normandy. The...

Ker-Xavier Roussel. Private garden, dream garden, exhibition

A dreamlike world.The exhibition Ker-Xavier Roussel: Private garden, dream garden invites you to...

Ker-Xavier Roussel. Private garden, dream garden, exhibition

A dreamlike world.The exhibition Ker-Xavier Roussel: Private garden, dream garden invites you to...