Wednesday, May 2, 2007


The Hôtel-Dieu of the Hospices Civils de Beaune was built in the late 1440s, and opened in 1452, as a hospital for the poor. It was conceived by Nicolas Rolin, Chancellor of the Duke and Duchess of Burgundy, Philippe le Bon and Guigone de Salins. Rolin and the Duke and Duchess were concerned about the devastation caused by the recently ended Hundred Years' War, in which the Dukes of Burgundy had sided with the English against the French crown.

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