I am a senior lecturer in Computer Science/Computational Biology at the University of Rouen, France. Rouen has been the home of Impressionism, historical capital of Upper Normandy, once one of the largest and most prosperous cities of medieval Europe.
Rouen was founded by the Veliocasses (one of the many Gaulish tribes) two thousand years ago. Gaulish tribes were sophisticated craftsmen as one can notice here.
Over the years, we developed what is known now as a “unique sense of Hospitality”.
We have had visits from:
- Romans: they killed local Gaulish tribesmen;
- Saxon pirates: they killed local Gaulish tribesmen as well (late 3rd century);
- Germanic and Alan tribes: they began invading from the West in 406;
- Vikings: they killed Roman settlers (790-930, 980-1030), founded a colony led by Rollo. Rollo was nominated count of Rouen by the king of the Franks in 910. Rollo was the great-great-great-grandfather of William the Conqueror!
- English soldiers: they burned Joan of Arc in 1431 in Rouen.
- Nazi soldiers…
Those days, we prefer to welcome civilized tourists for major cultural events such as: