Saturday, October 20, 2012

Beaune Part I: The Hospital

Today I took a day trip to Beaune, the capital of the Burgundy region. It's about 100 miles north of Lyon. We visited the Hotel-Dieu which was a hospital created in 1443 to care for the poor and has been in continuous operating ever since. The hospital operated in these extraordinary buildings until 1971 when a modern facility was completed. These first pictures are of the courtyard and the impressive glazed-tile roof:

The kitchen 
The hospital had been run by nuns

Patient beds in the beautiful "Room of the Poors"
The ceiling in the Room of the Poors has very colorful carved beams that portray whimiscal animals as well as important people from the town. 

 The Pharmacy

In the chapel: The Polyptych of the Last Judgement by Flemish painter Rogier van der Weyden and one of many tapestries:

And a few photos of Beaune 

 There is a big market in the town center on Saturdays


Sparkling Like A Diamond said...

The hospital is very interesting. The architecture is amazing.

The town looks like fun.

Michelle said...


It was so beautiful and unlike anything I've ever seen.