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Aitre St-Maclou

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Address: 184 rue Martainville, Rouen, France
Phone Number: 02-35-71-71-72
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Former house used for the bodies of plague victims and current site of...

Former house used for the bodies of plague victims and current site of Rouen's Fine Art Academy.

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Sad but peaceful

A place full of history, morbid perhaps, with the reminders of death ever present in the form of skulls and crossbones, but there is also a feeling of harmony and peace in this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Maria H

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55 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A place full of history, morbid perhaps, with the reminders of death ever present in the form of skulls and crossbones, but there is also a feeling of harmony and peace in this little square.

Thank Maria H
New York, USA
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39 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Perfect place to go so close to Halloween as we did! 8 year old read about, and was obsessing over needing to fossilized cat, and she got her wish!

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57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

If you fancy your serenity with a touch of the macabre, then this former plague "ossuary" is the place for you. Located in the heart of the old section of Rouen, the quiet, tree-filled square surrounded by 16th C timbered buildings may lie just 30 metres from the beaten tourist path but it feels like a million miles away. The... More 

Thank TFredWells
Tuscany, Italy
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574 reviews
243 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

We didn't esxpect such a well preserved compound. Lot s of glamour and truly fascinating, one of the best thing in the city. A true lfet from the past.

Thank giorgiom60
Davenport, Iowa
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50 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

I would have missed this if not for being a part of the guided walking tour which I rented from the Office du Tourisme. I am very happy I did not miss it and that they included good information about it on the audioguide. This place was a cemetery for the plague victims. They were put in the building and... More 

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Bellingham, Washington
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182 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This is a medieval plague mortuary. The depth of the disaster had a great impact on how people viewed the world. The setting has morbid carvings all around the inner walls. It gives you a good idea of how much the massive death affected people's mentalities.

Thank Andrew S
Enkhuizen, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Go here, very early in the morning. No others there and you can enjoy the eery atmosphere of the former grave yard. Unforgettable!

Thank diana56
Aartselaar, Belgium
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81 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

don't miss this 'special' place. Look also in the corner: scelleton of very old cat. This old cimetery is a place to rest for a moment

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Upstate NY
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Interesting history, but really expected to see more. Signs explaining this cemetery limited and few in English. Interesting place to spend 5 to 10 minutes, but little more. Have been to similar sites in Poland and CZ Republic which were better explained.

Thank ret1re
The Villages, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Difficult to find, but a pretty neat place. During the plague in the early 1500's, this place became a mass grave. All around the place are wood carvings showing the grave digger's tools. Very ghoulish.

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