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dance of death, Holy Innocents Church

The Saints Innocents Cemetery or Cimetière des Saints-Innocents is a defunct cemetery in Paris, named as a memorial to the story of the Biblical Massacre of the Innocents. Used from the 12th to 18th centuries, usually as a mass grave, it became overcrowded and all of the bodies were exhumed and transported to the unused subterranean quarries near Montparnasse that are best known as the Catacombs. The prominent Renaissance anatomist, Andreas Vesalius, studied the bones of corpses in the Saints Innocents cemetery.

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