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Musee de l'Hotel-Dieu

Rue de l'Hotel-Dieu, F-21200 Beaune, France
03 80 24 45 00
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Type: Historic Sites, Art Museums, Wineries, Museums, History Museums
Owner description: Although this historic hospital, which dates back to the 1400s, still functions as a retirement home, its primary significance now lies as a tourist... more » Owner description: Although this historic hospital, which dates back to the 1400s, still functions as a retirement home, its primary significance now lies as a tourist attraction. « less
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The Hotel Dieu at Beaune is a beautiful yet strange place to visit and certainly the main reason why this little town gets so many visitors and is so well-preserved. The audio tour is fairly long and dull but comes with the ticket and is amusing. Endlessly photogenic on the outside. It would've been nice if more of the building... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

A wonderful example of a charitable idea enduring for centuries in a beautiful building of unusual design, architecture and art.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The audioguide is a must! You will hear the story of the hospice, started in 1443 as narrated by the founders, Nicolas Rolin, chancellor under Duke Phillip the Good, and Nicolas' wife, Guigone de Salins, It's use as a hospital continued until the 1970's. It's huge, beautiful, and perfectly restored. It's supported by an important annual auction of fine Burgundy... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Very reasonable entry fee that includes the audio in a variety of languages. They did a nice job with audio...in voice of original owner and his wife. Very historic and when you consider how long in operation, quite amazing. The Flemish style roofs are beautiful, but the real story is inside.

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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Founded in 1452 by Nicolas Rolin for the poor the Hospice de Beaune served the sick and the poor for over 400 years. You can smell the age as you walk through the hospital ward. Everyone admires the chequerboard roofs (called vernisse in French) and if you look through a closed gateway you can see a statue of Nicolas Rolin,... More

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Cortona, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

This building and it's history are simply fantastic Great tourist attraction and the highlight of our second visit to Burgundy

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Worth every penny. If you are here in Burgundy you must visit this hospital. The Last Judgement painting is here. The very well preserved original painting is amazing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This is the number one attraction in Beaune. Definitely worth spending two hours to visit. It was a hospital built by the richest person in the area 500 years ago for the poor. The roof top tiles are very unique and beautiful. It also has some great paintings too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

While travelling to the south of France we stopped off in Beaune for a couple of hours and visited this fantastic old hospital which was founded in the Middle Ages and was still in use till the 1980s. It is a truly beautiful building both inside and out and still has the 4 poster beds used by the, patients in... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Donated by the Chancellor of Burgundy, who hoped thus to make his way into heaven, the almshouse was begun in 1443 as a hospital for the poor. The chancellor and his wife were active in the running of the facility for the rest of their lives. Their gift to the city remained in service as a hospital until the late... More

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