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After the hundred years war, great parts of Europe where in a desolate state and most of its inhabitants wrenchingly poor. It was in the year 1452 that Nicolas Rolin, chancellor to the duke of Burgundy, and his wife decided to donate a hospital catering for the poor in the small town of Beaune in Burgundy. The beautiful edifice was used then as a hospital for over 500 years until 1971 and today still it is partly used as a home for the elderly. Through a special charta Rolin assured that the hospital was a leading center of research and charity during its time. While the care for the hunger stricken poor was free, the hospital funded itself with the care of wealthy patients that paid a good fee. Over the centenaries, the hospital was given many a legacy in cash or land and was soon on of the greatest land owners in Beaune. Still today it owns some premier cru vineyards in some of the best locations around the wine region of Burgundy.
Pictured here is the recreated main dormitory room for the poor with its rows of beds and its well equipped side tables, giving us a good idea of how the patients where treated in the days.

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