The city’s main sights—and the old town— are on the Right Bank of the Seine. Visitors usually make a beeline for place du Vieux Marché. Their first impression is often one of bafflement when they see the giant modernist Church of Ste-Jeanne (see above) in the place where Joan of Arc was executed for heresy on May 30, 1431. Surrounded by medieval half-timbered restaurants and shops, the church’s 1970s architecture comes as a bit of a shock. But it somehow works, with its enormous stained-glass windows and a swirling roof that nudges the neighboring market stalls. On the west side of the church is the Joan of Arc Memorial Cross, a 20m- (65 ft.-) tall cross on the spot where she was burned at the stake.

In addition to the museums we give full reviews to, we'd like to draw your attention to the Musée des Antiquités   (198 Rue Beauvoisine;; free admission). Set in a 17th century monastery, it has limited hours (Wed-Mon 2-6pm only) but a notable collection of 1st and 2nd century BC weapons, jewelry, and mosaics, along with other ancient pieces from Egypt, and other areas of Europe. Admission is free.



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