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Aître St-Maclou

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This former ossuary (a charnel house used for the bodies of plague victims) is a reminder of the "Black Death" that devastated Europe during the Middle Ages; these days it holds Rouen's Fine Art Academy. French composer Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921) is said to have been inspired by the ossuary when he was working on his Danse Macabre. The half-timber courtyard, where you can wander at leisure, and perhaps see an art exhibition, contains graphic carvings of skulls, bones, and gravediggers' tools.

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  • Address: 186 rue Martainville, St-Maclou, Rouen, 76000 | Map It
  • Phone: /02–76–08–81–13
  • Hours: Mon.–Fri., 8–6; Nov.–Mar., daily 9–6
  • Location: Rouen
Updated: 04-07-2014

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