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Aître St-Maclou

  • 186 rue Martainville Map It
  • Saint-Maclou-de-Folleville
  • Cemetery

Published 10/20/2016

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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. 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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186 rue Martainville, Saint-Maclou-de-Folleville, Normandy, 76000, France

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Published 10/20/2016


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