The chapel of Saint-Maclou is dedicated to Saint Marcouf, it is located 500m from the cheese factory on a height which separates the Dives basin to the south from that from Viette to the north. For 900 years, at the entrance to the chapel, a very old yew tree has been watching. The cemetery has more than 70 graves and a monument to the dead of the Great War offered by Mr. and Mrs. Henri Lepetit.
Arriving at the chapel, let us admire the very beautiful north wall of the choir on the left. Under its cornice, let’s detail the 6 superb modillions all different: grimacing or laughing faces, twins, geometric motifs (including an interlacing of studded arcs of circles – a motif taken from Scandinavian goldsmithing – as in the Abbey Church of St-Pierre-sur-Dives).
The north portal of the choir ( Gospel side) reserved for the Lord, has retained its rustic splendor : 3 archivolts, in torus, in hollow molding and in diamond points fall on 2 large rectangular cutters and 2 sculpted capitals placed on 2 columns.
This choir is backed to the east and apse by wide, flat buttresses characteristic of a Romanesque building in the purest official Norman style from the end of the 11th century.
Let’s go around the sacristy, in the shape of a trapezoid and open with a window, added in the 18th century, and look at the south side (that of the Epistle) with its beautiful panorama towards St-Pierre-s-Dives. The wall has lost its cornice and its modillions, the Romanesque door of the choir, intended for the priest, is wider but has been walled up.