France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Aître de St-Maclou, Rouen, France
This unusual medieval structure with its fascinating macabre carvings recalls the plague of 1348.




The Aître de St-Maclou in Rouen today provides a look at some interesting art and architecture.

But its history tells a different story.

This courtyard (aître, from Latin atrium, means 'churchyard' or 'cemetery') served as a burying ground for plague victims for centuries. The half-timbered buildings with their skull and crossbones decor date from the 16th century.

Graphically illustrating the tools of the grave diggers, the Aître evokes its sad past.

Aitre de St-Maclou, Rouen, France

Today the Aître houses the École Regionale des Beaux Arts de Rouen, or Regional School of Fine Arts of Rouen.

The tree filled courtyard is calm and peaceful, but a closer look at the carvings can send a shiver up your spine.

Located on rue Martainville, just around the corner from the Église de St-Maclou, the Aître is open to the public and well worth a visit.


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Aitre de St-Maclou, Rouen, France

Above, The Aître de St-Maclou,
today a peaceful scene.

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