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Address: 184 rue Martainville, Rouen, France
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+33 2 35 71 71 72

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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You need to know the history to appreciate this..

What looks like a quiet half timbered tucked away courtyard is a fascinating Plague burial ground, decorated with macabre death carvings and 'Dance of Death' statues. Spend a few... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 October 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

What looks like a quiet half timbered tucked away courtyard is a fascinating Plague burial ground, decorated with macabre death carvings and 'Dance of Death' statues. Spend a few minutes reading a guide book to fully appreciate it.

1 Thank Irayna O
Punta de Mita, Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Your trip to Rouen can not be complete if you don't visit this place. If you don't have your guide get one to fully understand where you are standing up... an untouched place that's been up since the Middle ages.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

You learn a lot in history class, then there are the parts that they just don't have time to tell us about. On a walking tour through Rouen, we visited the Plague Cemetery, one of two, we were told, that exist in France, this being the best. Fascinating learning about the plague and how people dealt with it and what... More 

1 Thank pitufo00
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

This ancient ossuary was certainly once a great historical site - but seemed to have truly fallen on hard times at the time of our visit. Graffiti - windows broken and papered over. Still a remarkable half-timbered structure.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

When walking south on Rue Damiette make a left onto Rue Martainville (there is a "Walsheim" restaurant on the corner) walk a bit until you see a garage or carriage house-type opening (it is not the first one you come to; that is the back yard of businesses and residences). You will see a nondescript and unceremonious arrow pointing into... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Given its history as a burial place for those dying in the plague this area has a serenity as well as a charm among the beautifully carved buildings. It is not easy to find but very much worth the search.

1 Thank John P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

This burial site is hard to find but worth the effort. The corpses from the plague were treated with lye and then the bones were stacked in the second story (I don’t think that you can see the bones ). The most interesting parts were the carvings on the beams around the square and the dead shrunken cat in the... More 

1 Thank Robert L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

For some reason it is kind of peaceful. This site is an old roman villa turned into a house for dying during the plague epidemic. Later it became graveyard and even a boarding school. Can be a bit hard to find.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

This site I s tucked away and a bit tricky to find but you should not miss seeing the ancient cemetery

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Our first time in Rouen we accidentally ended up here by strawling through the city centre. The aitre is not really promoted, there are no signs. Or we missed these completely. The second time, years later, we knew that it was near the Saint Maclou Church, first part of Rue Géricault, following Rue du Rosier. It is a bit morbid,... More 

1 Thank Lisa d

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