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Aitre St-Maclou

Address: 184 rue Martainville, Rouen, France
Phone Number: 02-35-71-71-72
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Ranked #10 of 37 Attractions in Rouen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Galleries, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Former house used for the bodies of plague victims and current site of Rouen's Fine Art Academy.
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Type: Art Galleries, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Former house used for the bodies of plague victims and current site of Rouen's Fine Art Academy.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Naples, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

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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Frederick, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

A little hard to find tucked back an alley but it's free and the devilish carving are interesting and make for a nice photo. It's on Rick Steves walking tour.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

There isn't that much to see at the Aitre St. Maclou - just an ancient courtyard with the surrounding buildings decorated with macabre reminders of the square being used at one time as a burial place for plague victims. Nevertheless, it makes an impression. The skulls carved out of wood are a memento mori, a reminder that only time stands... More 

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Cherbourg-Octeville, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

After the 1348 black death, it became necessary to enlarge the capacity of the cemeteries and the city opted for an ossuary. This was one of the first of this kind: above the ground rather than catacombs. The building are heavily decorated with carved wood (the city was rich during the middle age) Later on, the bones were removed and... More 

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