In May 2009, Rouen and Norwich celebrated their 50th anniversary as twinned cities.
Both are centres of important agricultural areas and thrived on the wool trade of the middle ages sharing a common heritage dating from the time of the Vikings.
The Normans under William the Conqueror constructed castles and churches of which Norwich Cathedral and Castle, built of stone brought over from Caen, are outstanding examples.
Rouen is a major port on the River Seine and an important industrial and trade centre of France.
Its picturesque cobbled streets and timber-framed buildings date from medieval times. It is known for its cathedral which inspired Monet's paintings and for its association with Joan of Arc and Flaubert, the author of Madame Bovary.
The surrounding area is rich in historical sites like Fallaise, where William the Conqueror was born, and must-see places like Monet's garden at Giverney and the port of Honfleur. Norfolk and Norwich Rouen Friendship Association.
Aims of the association
To promote friendship and links between the citizens of Norwich and Rouen with association members from each city acting as a host for each other on visits to England and France. A programme of activities, including a civic reception, is planned for each visit.
The NNRFA is managed by a committee, elected locally at the AGM held each spring which is chaired by its president, the Lord Mayor of Norwich.
Join the NNRFA association
If you'd like to become a member, download the application form from the NNRFA website.