At first, "Aître Saint Maclou" looked avery peaceful and quiet place. As a matter of fact, it IS a quiet and peaceful, it is the calm of Death. If this kind of place gives you the shivers, then don't visit. Otherwise, this is a great place, untouristy and really worth the visit.
Then go back to the previous pictures, enlarge them and you will see, skulls, jaws, rib bones, collarbones, humerus, radius, cubitus, femurs, etc… Is there anything missing to build a whole skeleton ? By the way, guess why dogs are not allowed to enter the "Aître Saint Maclou". Those who will find the correct answer will be rewarded a T-bone.
But would you feel that showing the tools you are using will be enough to represent your job ? I bet no, and that you will certainly be tempted to show on what you are working. Hu, hu "on what you are working" !!?? Actually, why not… The only thing is that you have to fit it with wood carving capabilities and to the space remaining free for carving !
An aître, from the Latin atrium, was in the Middle ages a charnel, not a cemetery, but a place where the bodies of the plague victims were temporarily kept, awaiting for them to be buried. These places were very common in Europe in the Middle Ages but the "Aître Saint Maclou" is one of the few that has been kept until nowadays.
Once you enter the "Aître Saint Maclou", you find a large and peaceful square, surrounded by two levels old half-timbered houses that host now the School for fine arts. The students in fine arts are living there and are working there. They are really lucky as it is so peaceful.
A small sign read "Aître Saint Maclou" and an arrow lead under a dark wooden passage. If you know nothing about the Aître Saint Maclou, this does not call you strongly for a visit. Then, I must show you what it is about. The entrance into the Aître Saint Maclou is at the bottom of the passage, where on the picture you see a beam of sun.
This site is in French, but if you don't know French, you can still look at the photos, maps and webcams of Rouen. There are some really neat "virtual visits" too.
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