Chapelle Saint-Thomas

Chapelle Saint-Thomas, Aizier: Address, Phone Number, Chapelle Saint-Thomas Reviews: 4.5/5

Chapelle Saint-Thomas
Points of Interest & Landmarks

31 reviews
Very good

roger W
Bristol, UK201 contributions
Conserved ex-leper colony
Sep 2019
Not a lot to see in terms of buildings but the information plaques in French and English are very informative - we learned a lot.
Written 13 September 2019
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Essex45 contributions
Fascinating time capsule
Jul 2015 • Couples
We saw a sign to this site on our way to see the 12th Century church in Aizier (closed sadly but an interesting 'trou d'homme' outside - a 4000 years old slab which covered a prehistoric communal grave).

The site is well laid out, mostly shady, with informative signs in French and English. There is a short metal walkway which gives excellent views over The Seine.

Started in the 12th Century, it was in use until the 17th then abandoned and left deserted. This makes it a goldmine for archaeologists, and digs took place here every year for about ten years. Examinations of the bones have revealed much about the, almost exclusively adult, occupants.

Never a large site, there were usually three or four lepers at any one time.

One word of advice: don't make the mistake we did and park in the rough, overgrown space opposite the site. There is a modern car park further on in the shade. Entrance from this point is more logical, though it's fine either way.

Oh, and entrance is free!
Written 1 July 2015
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Mark N
1 contribution
Evocative forest chapel
Aug 2014 • Family
This 12th century leper hospital stands on a site high above the Seine, next to the Roman road that ran to the ferry at Vieux Port. Remarkably, this modest stone building, and traces of embankments, forms the best documented leper hospital in Europe, the result of a decade of excavations. The story is told through extensive and very engaging interpretation installed in 2014. It turns out that being a leper in medieval times was not entirely a bad news story as the hospitals were very well run (food etc better than in everyday life).

It's not worth a long detour, but if in the area, do stop by to enjoy an attractive wooded location with an ancient history. Our kids liked it too.
Written 20 August 2014
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