Hôtel-Dieu Beaune - Chapel

Beaune is a commune in eastern France, a sub-province of the Côte-d'Or area, in the Bourgogne region. Beaune has about 21,923 inhabitants (1999). The area around Beaune, the Côte de Beaune, is known for its Burgundy wines. Beaune (although lacking a Grand Cru vineyard within the commune) is something of a hub in the wine business, since it is the largest city within the wine region. Beaune is known for its annual wine sale organized by the Hospices de Beaune. Nicolas Rolin, chancellor of the Duke of Burgundy, and his wife, founded this organization in 1442.

The Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune is the place most worth seeing in the city. This building, which dates from 1443, was still being used as a hospital in 1971. Today a part of it is used as a home for senior citizens; the main part is used as a museum. Each year, more than 400,000 tourists visit the Hôtel-Dieu. They can admire more than 5000 objects including the Polyptych of The Last Judgement, a master work of art by the Flemish painter Rogier Van Der Weyden.


We show these pictures by kind courtesy of Hôtel-Dieu Beaune.


A few pictures...

The multicoloured roofs of the Hôtel-Dieu have become one of the symbols of Burgundy.


Grande salle des «Pôvres» (Hall of the Poor).

The Hall of the Poor is situated on the front elevation of the building. A wooden painted roof covers this impressive hall, which is almost 50 meters long, 14 meters wide and 16 meters high. In this room are two rows with beds (northern and southern wall). The central part of the room was furnished with tables and benches. Many people will recognize these images because the hall was used in the movie 'Le grande Vadrouille', with Louis de Funès and Bourvil.

At Hotel Dieu ,God's name can be seen twice in the hospices, although the first time there is a doubt about whether it is God's name or not because we do not recognize the characters. This first time is in the room (Salle) Saint Louis - see the band of images. The second time it is seen is in the room (Salle) Saint Nicolas. Here God's name can be seen at the top of a painting which represents Pentecost.


Band of images

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