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Former house used for the bodies of plague victims and current site of Rouen's Fine Art Academy.
184 rue Martainville, 76000, Rouen, France
+33 2 35 71 71 72
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Reviewed August 23, 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank curlytail55
Reviewed July 14, 2018

We went along to see if there was anything left to see. All the bone displays had been removed. However, there was a team of archaeologists digging up bones and skeletons.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank ChelseaBridge
Reviewed June 20, 2018

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

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 20, 2018 via mobile

A most beautiful church. Just behind it is a fascinating ossuary which unfortunately was under restoration, but the graves in the courtyard could be seen as an archaeological dig was underway.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank JohannesburgPeter
Reviewed May 3, 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.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Eva Julia T
Reviewed May 3, 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

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Sharon M
Reviewed January 23, 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

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank MimiA165
Reviewed December 5, 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

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank shintaro1
Reviewed November 12, 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

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Sue M
Reviewed October 8, 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

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Myles S
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