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Ruins of Saint Thomas chapel (medieval leper of Aizier)

St. Thomas chapel was built by the monks of the Abbey of Fécamp in the late twelfth century. It is dedicated to Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury.

This medieval leper hospital welcomes patients from 1180 to 1550. Considered unclean, lepers make it the center of their community life : they needed a place of worship but could not enter public places. About 250 people are buried in the cemetery of the chapel.
After the departure of the latest patients, in 1550, the site fall into disrepair. A fire accelerates its deterioration in the fifteenth century. Finally, June 25, 1717, the Bishop of Rouen, visiting, prohibits to celebrate Mass.
In 1922, the chapel is the subject of an entry in the additional inventory of historical monuments.

The shot was taken in april 2015, in the end of the afternoon. Panorama made in HDR version (enfuse).

Source : (translated with help of Google Traduction)

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Copyright: Franck Masschelein
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 10668x5334
Taken: 26/04/2015
Uploaded: 01/01/2016
Updated: 06/01/2019


Tags: chapel; saint-thomas; ruins; leper; medieval; heritage; aizier; france; hdr; enfuse; historical monument
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