Black Death's ravages and Saint-Maclou cemetery

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The cloister - ©Giogo / CC-BY-SA The cloister - ©Giogo / CC-BY-SA
Saint-Maclou charnel house Burial place Epidemic

That's because of the Black Plague, which devastated Europe in the 16th century, that we needed here to extend the small charnel house.

So, in 1432, Nicolas Roussel, vicar of Saint-Maclou, gave a house and a garden in order to extend this cemetery. In the 16th century, they added three galleries then a fourth one in the next century.

Oh, look at those details... so macabre! Beams are decorated with bones and skulls patterns...


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