Theory, Algorithms and Applications
NCPO7 17-21 December, 2007
National Institute for Applied Sciences- Rouen, France
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Rouen, the historical city
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Rouen, the Capital of Normandy and the Seine-Maritime department, which opens its door and heart to you. The city also known as the 'Ville aux cent clochers' dear to Victor Hugo, has preserved its historical centre, now composed of pedestrian streets.

As you walk through the historical centre, past half timbered houses, discover architectural treasures as for example Gothic monuments like the Notre Dame Cathedral, St Ouen abbey, Saint Maclou church and the Palais de Justice or Renaissance style monuments like the Gros Horloge, Saint Maclou ossuary and the Bourgtheroulde mansion. Or you can also follow the steps of Richard the Lion Heart, Joan of Arc, Pierre Corneille or Gustave Flaubert, some of the many characters who have been part of Rouen history. After the historical centre, if you are looking to go back to nature, go up to the 'Sainte Catherine' hill nearby, from where you can admire a magnificent view of the city and the meandering river Seine or walk along the Eau de Robec street where some watermills testifying of an important textile past when people were making living out of the cloth manufacturing industry which is now represented by the sheep symbol.

You can also enjoy a walk along the river which remind you that the development of the city was due to its port which is still successful.

After your day treasure hunting come and enjoy cultural events and performances happening all along the summer period as Rouen's 'Cathedral , From Monet to pixels' light show which transformed the impressive gothic monument into a huge painting canvas with images inspired by Claude Monet's paintings, an amazing and impressive show!


Notre Dame de Rouen
Notre Dame de Rouen is massive and breathtakingly beautiful. No wonder Monet was fascinated by it! Compared to our “tour” of Notre Dame de Paris, seeing it was delightful. Rouen’s cathedral is filled with relics and art, and we had all the time we needed. What’s more, all the important relics are described in English with brass plaques along the walls.
The building was begun in 1145 with St. Romain’s Tower and was continued and altered until the early Sixteenth Century. Over this span of 400 years, the style changed so that lack of uniformity is obvious, but that is one of the main attractions of this cathedral. Roman, Norman, flamboyant Gothic, and Late Renaissance are combined into a pleasing symphony of styles, a UNESCO World Heritage treasure

Old Market square
The place du Vieux-Marché has changed greatly since Joan's time. In the Middle-Ages, it was much smaller (more or less limited to the lower part of the current square) and part of this space was occupied by the Church of the Holy Saviour, by St. Michael's Church and by the market hall. The stake and fire were placed here, since this was the habitual place for executions in Rouen. The square was enlarged in the 19th century, and only the remains of the ancient square can still be seen today. The foundations of the old Church of the Holy Saviour have been cleared. As for the stale, the only remains are circular base. A tall cross ha been erected on the spot of Joan's burning at the medieval soil level. In addition, a few stones can be seen from the fire wall that served to protect nearby houses during the Middle Ages.

The Gros-Horloge
The Gros-Horloge , or Great Clock, cannot be dissociated from the surrounding buildings, since their history is so intimately linked. Since its construction in the late 14th century, the Gothic belfry has housed the town's bells and clock, the latter being a simple mechanism meant to sound the bells on the hour, half-hour and quarter-hour. In 1409; a clock face was installed on the archway over a gate in the ancient Roman walls. The current archway and clock faces, were rebuilt in 1527-1529. On the two Renaissance clock faces, a single hand indicates the hour. Under the number VI, the divinity associated with the day of the week appears at noon on a chariot. Above the clock face, a globe indicates the phase of the moon.

Nonconvex Programming: Local and Global approaches,17-21 December, 2007,Rouen, France