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Skeletons accompany the dancers to show death is imminent

France is dotted with spine-tingling destinations, from creepy churches and chateaux to chilling museums

The ‘Danse Macabre’ or ‘dance of death’ dates back to the late Medieval period. After the Hundred Years’ War, across France the population was reeling, not only from the fighting, but also from a series of famines, Black Death epidemics, and the constant predations of lawless roaming bandits.

Death was ever-present and there was a sense that not only was death the great leveller, but that since it was so close one should dance while one still could.

Churches began commissioning wall paintings depicting the danse macabre which often include three skeleton figures greeting the dancers, ...

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