Sunday, January 1, 2017

Beaune and its Hospices


Beaune, a half hour train journey from Dijon, is at the heart of Burgundy wine country.



It’s also home to Les Hospices de Beaune, a building with one of the most beautiful roofs I have ever seen.


In 1443, Nicolas Rolin and his wife decided to build a hospital. They didn’t just donate the funds but were intimately involved in every stage of its construction.


The courtyard with varnished, multi-coloured rooftops on every side, is breathtaking. Inside are wards for the poor and the rich, a chapel, a pharmacy, and a huge kitchen.


The hospital, now in a modern building, continues to be funded by a 60-hectare wine estate.


Here are just a few more shots of the town.



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