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The Museum of the Hôtel-Dieu and the Hospices of Beaune

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The Museum of the Hôtel-Dieu and the Hospices of Beaune - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Côte-d'Or

Crowned by a lavish glazed tile roof, now emblematic of the region, the Hôtel-Dieu of Beaune is renowned throughout the world for its traditional, prestigious charity wine sale, which takes place on the third Sunday of November. A remarkable example of Burgundian medieval architecture, it was built in the flamboyant Gothic style in the 15th century, at the request of Nicolas Rolin, Chancellor to the Duke of Burgundy, to help the poorest people in times of illness. A listed Historic Monument, nowadays it houses a museum of medical history, with a collection of around 5,000 items of furniture and objects, ranging from tapestries and paintings to sculptures and pharmacy pots, through chests and beds. One notable item amongst all these treasures is the famous polyptych of the Last Judgment, a masterpiece produced in the 15th century by the Flemish artist Rogier van der Weyden.

On your tour of this bastion of French heritage, you can see the impressive Hall of the Poor, with its magnificent oak-panelled ceiling and two rows of beds with red curtains, the chapel, St. Hugh's Hall and its mural paintings, St. Nicholas' Hall and its exhibition on the history of the Hospices, the kitchen and its beautiful Gothic fireplace with two hearths or the pharmacy and its collection of 130 earthenware pots from the 18th century. The tour ends with the polyptych by Rogier van der Weyden, which once hung above the chapel altar, and a superb collection of old tapestries from Tournai, Brussels and Aubusson.

Opening timesMonday: 09:00 AM – 07:30 PM   •   Tuesday: 09:00 AM – 07:30 PM   •   Wednesday: 09:00 AM – 07:30 PM   •   Thursday: 09:00 AM – 07:30 PM   •   Friday: 09:00 AM – 07:30 PM   •   Saturday: 09:00 AM – 07:30 PM   •   Sunday: 09:00 AM – 07:30 PM
Address2 Rue de l'Hôtel Dieu, Beaune
Telephone+33 3 80 24 47 00

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The Museum of the Hôtel-Dieu and the Hospices of Beaune

The Hôtel-Dieu, with its Gothic façades, glazed roofs, covered with geometrical figures with flamboyant colors, is part of the heritage of the Hospices de Beaune, charitable institution created in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor of the Duke of Burgundy and his wife Guigone Salins.

Preserved in an exceptional state of preservation, this monument is a rare example of civil architecture of the Middle Ages. Its halls together a vast collection of objects, furniture and tapestries from that period.

A stay in Burgundy is inconceivable without a visit to the Hotel-Dieu, which will culminate in the Last Judgement polyptych of Rogier van der Weyden, unique masterpiece and known worldwide.

More information at +33 (0) 3 80 24 45 00.

Main courtyard at dusk
Main courtyard at dusk
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Auction of Hospices de Beaune wines
Auction of Hospices de Beaune wines
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Hospices Civils de Beaune - Hôtel-Dieu
Hospices Civils de Beaune - Hôtel-Dieu
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