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Aitre St-Maclou

184 rue Martainville, Rouen, France
02-35-71-71-72
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Ranked #7 of 38 attractions in Rouen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Art Galleries
Description: Former house used for the bodies of plague victims and current site of Rouen's Fine Art Academy.
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Toronto, Canada
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27 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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113 reviews 113 reviews
54 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
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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98 reviews 98 reviews
24 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
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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345 attraction reviews
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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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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Short visit as part of the Rouen's walking tour - pick up a guide at the Tourist Information Office. Very interesting history and while a sad spot, well worth understanding how people dealt with the traumas of the plague.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Trying to explain to a schoolchild what the plague was and how cities in the Middle Ages dealt with the deceased? This is probably the place. Here you have the original space, truly old and creepy with skulls and different death-related carvings, where the city of Rouen disposed of their death by the hundreds or thousands. Kids will surely pay... More

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Carlinville, Illinois
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

This was once the site of decomposing bodies, rooms with bones, and now marks a mass grave from the time of the plague. The rooms around the courtyard are grimly decorated with carved wooden skulls, shovels, and skeleton and death motifs. It is difficult to find this site, so be prepared to ask people along the street for directions. It... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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15 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

This is a bit hard to find, but that is part of the fun. It is in the old medieval center of Rouen, behind the St. Maclou church. It is really interesting to walk through the streets of old Rouen and finding this place is a bonus. It only takes a few minutes to walk around, though you could spend... More

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Vienna, Virginia
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4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Odd plague ossuary is almost hidden. Don't miss it's beauty amid the carved skulls, bones, picks, shovels and grim history. Only here. Mummified cat from the 1300s in glass box fascinates kids.

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