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We almost missed this courtyard. It is hidden behind 2 wooden gates (one is open) across the passageway entrance. There is not a lot to see as the whole site is scaffolded out and floors and walls are being removed but the display boards show...More
Unfortunately there was a LOT of work being done here. The inside was shrouded with a white mesh fabric. Where you could see the carvings and such, it was pretty amazing. there was also a dig going on and it was interesting to see all...More
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.
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
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
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
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
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