By Lancelot Mesonier
When we talk about Second World War Fr Normandy on immediately imagine the Landings or the massive bombardments of Rouen or Le Havre. What we know less is the city of a hundred steeples under occupation.
In the heart of the 1940s
It is with a view to discovering a little more about this period that the Dungeon of Rouen will launch a new escape game which will immerse the player in the heart of the 1940s. Planned for the spring 2023, the game will feature Rouen under occupation. At the time, the Tour Jeanne-d’Arc was transformed into a bunker by the Germans, but persistent mysteries, “we don’t really know what happened in this Dungeon”, admits Laurence Renou, president of Rouen Normandie Sites & Monuments, “what we know is that there was a Gestapo office right next door”.
Enjoy an emblematic place
Since 2017, the Donjon de Rouen has hosted an escape game set in the Middle Ages, and has pioneered the art of organizing such activities in a historic monument. Built on the ruins of a Gallo-Roman theatre, the Tour Jeanne-d’Arc is the vestige of a medieval castle from the 13th century. The building being classified as historical monuments, it is forbidden to modify it. “The idea was to use the fantastic place at our disposal to plunge visitors into history”, describes Laurence Renou, “and that without ever distorting the place”.
According to the occupancy rate of 80 to 90%, visitors seem to enjoy the experience. See you in the spring of 2023 to discover this new scenario.
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