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Aitre St-Maclou

184 rue Martainville, 76000, Rouen, France
+33 2 35 71 71 72
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A Unique Monument

Almost all medieval plague cemeteries have been destroyed centuries ago so this place is... read more

Reviewed 3 May 2018
Eva Julia T
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London, United Kingdom
Not your average stop on a tour

Our tour guide led us into this courtyard. We soon realized from the decorations carved into the... read more

Reviewed 3 May 2018
Sharon M
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Abingdon, Maryland
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Former house used for the bodies of plague victims and current site of Rouen's Fine Art Academy.
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good41%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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184 rue Martainville, 76000, Rouen, France
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

Almost all medieval plague cemeteries have been destroyed centuries ago so this place is particularly interesting. Black and white timbering decorated with carvings of skulls and other bones, this place is full of memento mori. It now houses the Art School.

Thank Eva Julia T
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

Our tour guide led us into this courtyard. We soon realized from the decorations carved into the wooden timbers--skulls, skeletons, bones, etc.--that this was an unusual place. During the plague, many people were buried in this area. When the second plague hit, the bones of...More

Thank Sharon M
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

Shear fluke I found the tiny doorway into a small courtyard which in turn led into another. I felt at peace here. Strange. A local walked in and asked if I knew anything about it. He proceeded to tell me about this mass cemetery where...More

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Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

Probably the only necropolis of its type in the world. Looks as it should, sombre. When you walk the ancient centre of Rouen and visit the many fantastic historic sites it all comes together rather well. This spot is a stark reminder of the hardship...More

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Reviewed 12 November 2017

This is an ossuary which is where bones are kept of the deceased. Apparently lots of folks died of the plague and this is where the remains were kept. The buildings surrounding the courtyard date back to the 16th century. There are a lot of...More

Thank Sue M
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Reviewed 8 October 2017

Tucked away in what seems like a slightly dodgy area, the Aitre is a must see if you want to get a sense of life in the Middle Ages. The explanations and displays are not good enough so you need to prepare in advance so...More

Thank Myles S
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Reviewed 16 September 2017

Most unusual place in Rouen. An ossuary dating from the 14th century. Amazing carvings of sculls, bones and grave diggers tools on the ancient wooden and stone buildings. To get the best out of a visit here it is best to read up on the...More

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Reviewed 12 September 2017

A quaint courtyard located down a narrow alley. The courtyard has a few trees and a crucifix but little else.

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Reviewed 27 August 2017

This was so interesting. It shows where victims of the plague used to be buried. The buildings are beautiful. Until recently they were used by a fine arts academy, a nice twist of history!

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Reviewed 16 August 2017

Plague cemetery! But wait, it is way cool! Take time to read the books on the site, then spend time checking out the carvings all around. Wickedly wonderful. Do not miss the 500 year old preserved dead black cat just on the left as you...More

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