Full text: Beauties of continental architecture

Tiie City of Rouen, besides being in itself a most remarkable and extraor 
dinary town, retaining in the general appearance of its narrow streets, the lofty 
grotesque over-hanging wooden houses of its interior parts, more remains of anti 
quity than are elsewhere to be met with, is peculiarly interesting to the English 
traveller, as the ancient capital of Normandy—the cradle of our Sovereigns, the 
country from which so many of our noble families derive their origin, and which 
was for so long a period of years a splendid appendage to the English Crown. Of 
the thirty Parish Churches which it formerly boasted, nearly the half are now 
converted into warehouses. The Cathedral, built by William the Conqueror, and 
the Church of St. Ouen, are among the finest specimens of Gothic architecture in 
France. We shall have another opportunity of speaking of St. Ouen ; and will 
only observe here, that the central Tower, seen in the annexed View, is not only the 
grandest in Rouen, but perhaps unequalled by any thing of the size, even in 
England. It rises upwards of 100 feet above the roof of the church, and is sup 
ported below by four magnificent clustered pillars, each thirty-two feet {n circum 
ference. The Rue de Robec presents a singular scene. It is the abode of dyers, 
and the rapid Eau de Robec, crossed by many small bridges, which flows down the 
middle, receives in quick succession all the ever-varying hues imparted by the 
occupation of the inhabitants.

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