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Practical Information

Date :
All year long

Category :
Leisure & Discovery

Theme :
Architecture

Interest :
Tourism

Field :
Visits and Tours

Schedules and Prices


Admission prices :
- Free

Closed on 1 January and 25 December

Address :
Aître Saint-Maclou
186, rue Martainville
76000, Rouen

FRANCE


Mood : To learn

Additional Information
From 1 November to 31 March: weekends and holidays from 9am to 6pm, school holidays: Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm
From 1 April to 31 October: weekends and holidays from 9am to 7pm, school holidays: Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm

Tactile model open to visit by appointment 

Description

Ghostly cloister.

The origin of this strange and mysterious place dates back to the days of the Great Black Death of 1348. At that time, three-quarters of the population of Saint Maclou district were struck down by the epidemic. An ossuary was built to house the remains, taking the form of a covered courtyard or cloister was built. This fascinating if somewhat macabre place is known as the Aître Saint-Maclou.
One cannot pass through this enclosed and quiet space without a shiver upon seeing the skulls, bones, and gravediggers' tools decorating the ossuary.

There is a detail that all the Rouen locals are familiar with: in a window near the front door, the skeleton of a black cat which probably got locked in there alive seems to offer a warning of the macabre history of this place.

Today the Aître Saint Maclou is home to the Regional School of Fine Arts in its southern gallery and exhibitions are regularly organised with free access. 

Practical Information

Date :
All year long

Category :
Leisure & Discovery

Theme :
Architecture

Interest :
Tourism

Field :
Visits and Tours

Schedules and Prices


Admission prices :
- Free

Closed on 1 January and 25 December

Address :
Aître Saint-Maclou
186, rue Martainville
76000, Rouen

FRANCE



Mood : To learn