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Aitre St-Maclou

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Address: 184 rue Martainville, Rouen, France
Phone Number: 02-35-71-71-72
Description: 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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A sad and unique place

At first sight, this hidden little courtyard looks like a haven of peace, with its half-timbered houses around a green square with shady trees, overlooked by the stunning tower of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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64 reviews 64 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

At first sight, this hidden little courtyard looks like a haven of peace, with its half-timbered houses around a green square with shady trees, overlooked by the stunning tower of St Maclou church on one side and St Ouen abbey on the other. But on closer inspection, you notice the skulls and crossbones everywhere. This is a place where people... More 

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This is a medieval square built over a plague pit which is commerorated by the peculiar wood carvings of various bones on the half timbered houses. It has that 'faded glory' feel about it which makes it all the more endearing and is a pleasant place to sit for a while to take in the atmosphere.

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This courtyard area has late medieval charm (although one can be suspicious of the mummified cat). The carvings of death are a fascinating iconography of the subject. It is only a couple of minutes walk from St-Maclou church and well worth a visit.

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This is a solemn and a daunting place. Not easy to find as the house blend into this row of medieval houses right behind the St.Maclou church. We missed it the first time, but went back on our return to Rouen and there it was, Once inside the courtyard one encounters solitude and the presence of death although no one... More 

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Cascais, Portugal
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

If the church is nice, I do not know because it was always closed. It seams a government department that opens between 10 to 12 and 14 to 18 instead of a church that should be always opened during the day.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I’m glad that our tour group visited this former ossuary, and that we had a guide who could tell us about it in great detail. Except for the exhibit of the mummified cat, whose manner of death (entombed alive) gave me a chill, I didn’t find anything disturbingly gruesome about this place. I guess that’s because I was so intently... More 

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Bury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is an interesting stop on a walking tour of the city centre and its historic highlights. The wood carvings that surround the atrium are macabre to say the least and might give some people nightmares!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This is the place to go. An old parish graveyard that had to be adapted to efficient storage and accommodation of bodies over three centuries of at least two bad plague epidemics...the practical, artistic and spiritual sense of history is remarkable. One of the only remaining sites like this in Europe.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This -atrium- was one of the highlights of my visit to Rouen. It used to be a cemetery in the Middle Ages for the victims of the plague but now it houses a fine arts school. Its decoration is very unique and thought provoking. I found it very easily, it's just around the corner from the Saint Maclou church on... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

I was impressed by the place...even though one can pass without seeing it. The square court surrounded by old buildings ornated with sinister carvings transposed me in old times, when one's life was far more fragile than today...

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