Côte Sainte-Catherine, the best view of Rouen

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The hill of Sainte-Catherine (Côte Sainte-Catherine) offers a stunning panoramic view of the city of Rouen, its suburbs and the Seine. The hillside is covered by chalk meadows and reaches a height of 140 metres.

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The panoramic view of Rouen from the Côte Sainte-Catherine

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Côte Sainte-Catherine © French Moments

At a bend of the D95 road (Route de la Corniche) a terrace has been created to make the most of the splendid panoramic view overlooking Rouen, the Seine, and the neighbouring suburbs. Informative panels help locate the main landmarks and monuments of Rouen: the Cathedral, Saint-Maclou, the Parliament of Normandy, Saint-Ouen, the Archives Tower in the Left Bank…

Claude Monet painted several impressionist paintings of Rouen from there.

The abbey church of Saint-Ouen and the northern suburbs:

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Rouen © French Moments

General View of Saint Ouen Abbey Church in Rouen copyright French Moments

General View of Saint Ouen Abbey Church in Rouen © French Moments

The southern suburbs (left bank of River Seine):

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The southern suburbs © French Moments

The banks of River Seine and its bridges (Pont Mathilde, Pont Corneille, Pont Boieldieu, Pont Jeanne d’Arc (with the tram), Pont Guillaume le Conquérant and Pont Gustave Flaubert):

The River Seine in Rouen © French Moments

The River Seine © French Moments

The banks of River Seine and the Cathedral:

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The city of Rouen © French Moments

Côte Sainte Catherine in Rouen © French Moments

The view over the city’s roofs © French Moments

The Tour Saint-André:

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Tour Saint-André © French Moments

The Rouen Cathedral and Saint-Maclou church:

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The city of Rouen © French Moments

Côte Sainte Catherine in Rouen © French Moments

The view from the Côte © French Moments

Rouen cathedral seen from Côte Sainte-Catherine © French Moments

Rouen cathedral seen from Côte Sainte-Catherine © French Moments

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Rouen Cathedral seen from Côte Sainte-Catherine © French Moments

Côte Sainte Catherine in Rouen © French Moments

The view from the Côte © French Moments

A close-up view of Saint-Maclou church:

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Saint-Maclou Church © French Moments

Views of Rouen’s old town with Rouen’s three most beautiful churches: the Cathedral, Saint-Maclou and Saint-Ouen:

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View of Rouen from the Côte Sainte-Catherine © French Moments


Walking up the hill

A pathway with 525 steps leads to the top of the hill from the cemetery of Mont-Gargan.

Walk up the Cote Sainte Catherine

From Place du Canada, walk along the rue du Faubourg Martainville and just after passing under the bridge of the N28, take the stairs on the right. Cross the rue Henri Rivière and walk a few metres to the left before taking the pathway to the Côte Sainte-Catherine as indicated by a sign. The ascent first borders the cemetery wall in a forest. The climb takes approximately 15-30 min depending on your pace.

The pathway and its steps dates back to 1312.


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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management.

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