Saturday, October 27, 2007

Shivering Timbers

In the Normandy town of Rouen, there's a courtyard tucked away behind some shops on a street. It's so inconspicuous that we missed it the first time we passed the entrance.

And if you walked through it without really looking, the courtyard of Aitre St-Maclou might look like any other courtyard; not much going on, a couple of nice trees, some half-timbered construction.

But if you look closely at the timbers, you'll see some pretty spooky imagery. The building was used as an ossuary during the time of the plague, and the timbers are all carved with macabre symbols of death.

So macabre, in fact, that it is said that these carvings inspired Camille Saint-Saëns' Danse Macabre.


Anonymous said...

Wow. Very like the dead.

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JoAnn - NL "My digital eyes" :) said...

How come that you all like spooky Haloween? even when you are in Holland? Why? That just interest's me, what is the story behind Haloween. It scares me the deadheads and spooky pictures.

Watch my art-cows made in Italy,Have a great weekend:)


Jim said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog. This is my first time at your site. I will be back. Your pictures are amazing. I love anything that has some history to it.

Neva said...

It is a pretty gruesome carvings! I think I would avoid this if I lived all those years ago!!