Hospital Notre Dame de la Rose Museum

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Hospital Notre Dame de la Rose Museum

Hospital Notre Dame de la Rose Museum
4.5
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165lutl
Meir, Belgium6 contributions
History of medicine
Feb 2020 • Couples
Unexpected highlight of our stay in that area. Beautiful museum and history. Botanical garden, impressive collection of medicinal plants, probably better in spring.
Written February 10, 2020
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Peter S
Mons, Belgium164 contributions
Beautiful building and an interesting visit
Mar 2019 • Couples
The building itself is very attractive and well preserved or perhaps more accurately it has been tastefully restored. The visit itself concentrated more on the religious side than the medical. They do have some fascinating medical exhibits, but they are not given top billing. This is understandable, as it was a religious order, but they are good enough to warrant far greater prominence or their own museum.
The cafe was reasonably priced and had a choice of tasty gluten free choices in addition other meals.
Well worth a visit, but I would suggest waiting until spring so that there is more to see in the walled garden.
There are audio tours of the main building in French, Dutch and English. All the items are also labelled in all 3 languages. The audio tour of the garden is not yet in English, but it is well signposted and when the herbs come into bloom, no guide will be needed. If you know your plants, there are pictures of each species and you can tell what they all are.
Thoroughly recommended.
Written March 3, 2019
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Gerald L
Brussels, Belgium531 contributions
A gem: medecine at its earliest, scariest
Aug 2018
By all means seek out this former hospice, which dealt with everything from the bubonic plague to World War I gas casualties. The architecture is perfectly preserved, and provides beautiful framing for your photos. Nice gift shop and bistro in the garden. Note to the town of Lessines: please put up more road signs, as you will not find Notre Dame de la Rose with the current single road sign. Yes, many people have GPS, but not everyone, and you don't want this UNESCO-eligible site to go unnoticed!
Written August 24, 2018
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Ron B
Belgium124 contributions
A place you need to visit for time travel
Apr 2018 • Couples
We took a bus trip to Lessines, Belgium to see the Hospital Notre Dame à la Rose.
It is a time travel back to the hospital movement which developed in Europe in the 12th and 13th centuries.

The oldest document in the hospital records is a charter (June 1243) of John d’Oudenaarde (son of Alix and Arnould) allocationg 100 pounds of annual income to the hospital, a considerable amount to be taken from the estates of Maubeuge an Feignies belonging to Alix. The institution of the hospital is certainly prior to that.

You must have to visit this hospital. All most all the artifacts of this hospital are still there to see including the medical and pharmaceutical collections and a vast art collections.

The tour is in 6 different languages.
Written April 23, 2018
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Kate S
Crich, UK42 contributions
Fascinating Insights into Mediaeval Medicine and Nursing
Oct 2017
This museum is surely unique. The nursing order of nuns died out in the 1980s and the old building was about to be pulled down to make a carpark, but it was saved at the last minute and is a total gem. You need a whole day - many different rooms and themes, including surgery, bleeding, bed styles, food, herbal preparations, laundry, an audiovisual presentation in several languages, very good Guides if you can get them, and even a bit of early contraceptive history in French. I enjoyed the Physic Garden, and the restaurant is very good (catered well for special needs, too). An absolutely fascinating visit and well worth the entry fee.
Written March 3, 2018
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AnnefromBelgium111
Brussels, Belgium280 contributions
Woaw what a place! Rescued at the very last minute by one hero!
Jan 2016
It was an old derelict part of the historic little town, the kind of grey crumbling medieval quarter. Unloved... and ready to be torn down for new parking (YIKES). Fortunately ONE passionate local gentleman saw it's potential, lobbied and battled until the Walloon region stepped in with a full renovation of the whole cobbled lot. And what a beauty it is today!
The old cloister, the historic sick ward, lush medicinal gardens, the spy hole in the door of the abbess' office... Never a dull moment here. There is an eatery too.
Written December 14, 2016
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Ignace D
Flemish Brabant Province, Belgium760 contributions
Superb frozen in time
Apr 2016 • Couples
This "hospital" is a time capsule frozen in time that is as important from a history point of view as the one in Beaune but much less known and thus much less visited, which is a shame. Short drive from Brussels but very much worth it.
Written October 30, 2016
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7421mt
32 contributions
Sunny day School visit
Jun 2016
Excellent in situ museum. Had a visit with a few students for a guided tour in English.
Totally recommend this beautifully renovated historical first hospital in Europe!
Written September 17, 2016
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SebastienHouze
Ath, Belgium75 contributions
Just amazing!
Aug 2016
One of the jewels of Belgium for sure. You just can't imagine what you will find inside. The architecture, the richness of collections and ... the Chapel! Don't miss it!
Written August 10, 2016
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anastasia_rusbel
Belgium72 contributions
One of the most unique hospitals in the whole world
Nov 2015 • Family
If I were teaching in school, I would have definitely included a visit to this hospital into a school program. The museum includes not only a big collection of various medications, cans, creams etc, but a real rooms where people were cured, where they were praying, where the nurses were living, cooking, eating. You will learn how they kept the household, how they were working on new medical cures and what it gave to other people.
It is a very unique museum because it tells the history of such an important sphere as medical care. If you got bored of visiting typical picture or city museums, that's a great place to try something new.
Btw hospital also has a nice garden full of medical herbs and a big collection of several cats that would accompany you through the whole visit.
Written July 28, 2016
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