Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Beaune, France

We left Colmar this morning and travelled about three hours to Beaune, a city in the middle of the Burgundy region of France. The surrounding countryside reminded many of the students of the area around Newberg.

Once we checked into our hotel, we headed to the nearby Hotel Dieu, a hospital established in 1443 and used until 1971. Many of the original medieval details survive.

In 1443, Nicolas Rolin, Chancellor to the Duke of Burgundy established this hospital for the poor. He endowed it with sufficient funds including many acres of vineyards and commissioned artists to decorated this 'palace for the poor'. Inside it is still possible to see some of the art and tapestries, the beds and medical instruments used during the different centuries.

After visiting the hospital, the students had time to visit the city and enjoy the warm weather.

Hotel Dieu

main hospital ward for the poor

Hospital beds

painted beams in the hospital


12th century church

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