Photographer's Note

La salle des pauvres de l'Hôtel-Dieu. Cette salle comporte quelques dizaines de lits rouges alignés le long des murs. Dans ces lits ont été soignés des milliers de malades jusque dans les années 1970...

Deux anglais célèbres (le Squadron leader Sir Reginald et Alan Mac Intosh... ;-)) y sont même passés quelques heures... Le diagnostique fut immédiat: changement d'air immédiat et surveiller le foie (Sir Reginald aime bien tout ce qui est bon, ce qui est très mauvais).


"Each year, more than 400,000 visitors pass by the Hôtel-Dieu, which today covers a large area of the town of Beaune, with its museum, three courtyards, outbuildings, 15th century bastion and hundreds of metres of cellars which contain, notably, the personal reserve of the Hospices.
The four buildings open to the public, around the court of honour, represent the Hôtel-Dieu of former times.

The beauty of the interiors rivals that of the exterior.

In the great salle des pauvres ("hall of the poor"), decorated with multicoloured beams which are unique in the world, reigns a serenity which will leave no one unmoved. The halls of Sainte-Anne, Saint-Nicolas, Saint-Hugues and Saint-Louis are overflowing with treasures: statues, furniture, pottery, paintings, tapestries…and the kitchen has been restored exactly as it was in the 19th century.

The Polyptych of The Last Judgement, a master work by the Flemish painter Rogier Van Der Weyden has been particularly well presented in an air-conditioned room."
(Source: Official site of the Hospices de Beaune.

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