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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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Pretty neat place

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

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.

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The Villages, Florida
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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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Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Historically interesting and architecturally fascinating. It is tucked away down an alley so it would be easy to miss. Carved wood skulls adorn the beams with shovels and bones. It definitely has a feeling of the macabre. Don't miss the mummified cat!

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Halesowen, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Its origins dateback to the Great Plague of 1348 which killed three quarters of the neighbourhood's inhabitants; the buildings, constructed in the main at the beginning of the 16th century, are decorated with motifs that evoke death. It is an oddly lovely setting to sit for a while.

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Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

I almost didn't bother wandering up the alley way..but I'm glad I did. You feel like your apart of its history. There's a wall chart inside the courtyard that tells you the history in English. Quite amazing.

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

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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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 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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Address: Address: 184 rue Martainville, Rouen, France
Phone Number: 02-35-71-71-72
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Normandy  >  Haute-Normandie  >  Seine-Maritime  >  Rouen

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