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Atlas Obscura Svetište Sv. Marije na Škriljinah (The Sanctuary of St. Mary of the Rocks)

The Danse Macabre, also known as the Dance of Death, was a popular artistic genre during the Middle Ages that explored the inescapability of death. Many were directly connected to the plagues and epidemics that ravished medieval Europe. 

Artwork relating to the genre often displays death, or death personified, as leading a procession of dancing people to their graves. The depictions were also meant to drive home the theme that no matter one’s social standing, there was no escaping death. Some historians believe the paintings depicted people rejoicing with death to help survivors cope with mourning and to unite a populous with strict social hierarchy. 

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Atlas Obscura 2020

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Atlas Obscura 2019
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