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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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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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Great for the history minded.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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Bellingham, Washington
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Bellingham, Washington
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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.

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Enkhuizen, The Netherlands
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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!

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Aartselaar, Belgium
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
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.

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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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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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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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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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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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