From the pretty place de la République, I see the belfry, built by Robin Gallier in 1445.
You surely know belfries used to shelter city's bells. Buildings all around seem to drowning out the belfry, probably built on the remains of an old rampart's tower, isn't it? Luckily, its 40 metres is seeing from a distance!
Before the construction of the rue Jeanne-d'Arc, the old Saint-Maclou church stood here. With the removal of the religious building in 1771, they designed a garden.
When they opened the rue Jeanne-d'Arc, the square was definitively landscaped, such as we see it nowadays. It took the name of place de la République when the town inaugurated, in 1882, the Statue de la République by Louis Roguet, statue destroyed during World War II then replaced by the current one.