House of the Exchequer, Rouen

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The House of the Exchequer is a beautiful Gothic mansion ideally located in the historic heart of Rouen on the Place de la Cathédrale. Dating from the 16th century, it now houses the Tourist Information Centre of Rouen.

The small Gothic building of the House of the Exchequer is known in French as the Bureau des Finances.

The architect Roulland le Roux was commissioned in 1509 by Thomas Boyer, Exchequer General of Normandy to build him a fine mansion. Le Roux also worked on the Cathedral’s main porch, a fine example of Flamboyant Gothic style. It took le Roux 30 years to complete the house.

It is interesting to note a certain Renaissance influence in the horizontal and vertical line design and in the singular arabesque and grotesque decoration, proving that the new architectural style was emerging in Rouen. The House of the Exchequer is Rouen’s oldest Renaissance building.

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There is an inner courtyard bordered by half-timbered façades accessible through the Tourist Information Centre.

It was from the first floor of the house that Claude Monet painted 11 paintings of the western façade of Rouen Cathedral in the 1890s. Some of them are on display inside Rouen’s Fine Arts Museum and Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

Since 1957 it has housed the Tourist Information Centre in this perfect location opposite the cathedral.

Check at the Rouen Tourist Information Centre for more information.

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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. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French 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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