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Aitre St-Maclou

184 rue Martainville, 76000, Rouen, France
+33 2 35 71 71 72
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Historical must-see

Tucked away in what seems like a slightly dodgy area, the Aitre is a must see if you want to get a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Myles S
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Real history!

Most unusual place in Rouen. An ossuary dating from the 14th century. Amazing carvings of sculls... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Former house used for the bodies of plague victims and current site of Rouen's Fine Art Academy.
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good42%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“mummified cat” (9 reviews)
“tucked away” (6 reviews)
184 rue Martainville, 76000, Rouen, France
+33 2 35 71 71 72

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Jamcar16
Reviewed 12 September 2017

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

Thank sweetberries424242
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!

Thank Anne-Christine R
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

Thank BorregoSailor
Reviewed 16 August 2017

A lot of work still goes on here, but a visit to the courtyard where mass graves were dug near the St Maclou church for,plague victims, with an ossuary above to make space for later burials. Fascinating carvings

Thank RobertMBE2014
Reviewed 3 August 2017

An eerie visit to the St Maclou Atrium brought us face to face with a mummified cat and the human skeletons of victims from the plague. Bones from the 14th and 16th centuries were dug up, including those of children. We watched with morbid curiosity...More

Thank jillalex
Reviewed 15 May 2017

It is indeed a fancy place: beautiful architecture made of wooden beams and stone, a central courtyard with a couple of trees … it is quiet but at the same time it is hard to imagine that this was an ossuary (upper galleries were stuffed...More

Thank JohnPaul2010
Reviewed 27 March 2017

It is a small square with very old buildings. The visit is very short since there is not much to see (just walking around the place) but it's very interesting, and gives you spooky feeling actually. Pay attention to the visiting hours, as it's not...More

Thank aruenka
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.

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