An outstanding historical building

In 1443, at a time of misery and famine, Nicolas Rollin, chancellor to Philippe le Bon, duke of Burgundy and his wife Guigone de Salins establish the Hôtel-Dieu (hospital) to take care of the ill and the poor. They set it up in Beaune, at the hear of the Burgundy “empire” and already a crossroad thanks to its ideal location. During five centuries, the Hôtel-Dieu will be a hospital that will take care of the local population, no matter their social origin or resources.

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The Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune : a model of medieval Burgundian architecture

For its design and organisation, Nicolas Rollin will take inspiration from the hospitals in the North of France. With its gothic walls, the Hôtel-Dieu is a real gem in medieval Burgundian architecture. The austere outside walls contrast with the inside courtyard and the world-famous colourful tile roof. Every year, 400 000 people visit the Hôtel-Dieu museum.

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