Hospices de Beaune

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The Hospices de Beaune is a museum in the village of Beaune in the Burgundy region of France. It was built in 1440 by a wealthy patron and his wife who believed it would bring them eternal salvation by doing good deeds. Nicolas Rolin was the Chancellor of the Duke of Burgundy. It was built as a hospital for the poor and functioned as a hospital until 1986! It is a beautiful building and the exhibits are excellent. It cost 7 Euros but the visit lasted about 90 minutes. You get a handheld device that speaks to you in your own language as if it is Nicolas and his wife speaking. it really does bring the exhibits to life. Attached are a number of photos. The nuns looked after the patients and were taught by the Apothecary to administer medicines under guidance from the physician, similar to nurse prescribers today, yet 500 years ago.


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