Etap Hotel Beaune
Avenue Charles de Gaulle, Beaune, 21200, France
More about Beaune
Hotel Dieu, the old hospital, 2002
Chateau de Rully and vineyard in Burgundy
Hôtel-Dieu, nursing by the sisters.
Travel Tips for Beaune
Hunting for hidden chateaus
Take a day off from wine tasting, rent a car and search out the chateaus of Burgundy. Most are open to the public and often on weekends there will be festivals with fun and food. There will not be many tourists so you can meet the French having an outing . . . always great fun.
We spent a day searching near Beane and found: (click on photo for all chateaus)
Chateau de Rully, open by appt. all year except Mondays; call (0)3 8587-2089 or check the web site at http://www.chateau-rully-bourgogne.com/
Chateau de Germolles, open varying hours except Mondays; call +33 (0)3 8598-0124 and check the web site for hours and shows at http://www.chateaudegermolles.fr/
Chateau de Couches, (0)3 8545-5799 with more info at http://www.chateau-de-couches.abcsalles.com/prive/en
Chateau de Sully, (0)3 8582-0986, varying open hours and interesting activities, check the web site at http://www.chateaudesully.com/
Hotel-Dieu: See the Inner Courtyard
The entrance connects to an inner courtyard (the cour d’honneur) whose colorful Burgundian roofing comes as a surprise. On two sides there are two levels of covered galleries offering covered walkways protecting patients and attendants (these were the nuns and helpers) against inclement weather. (There were no internal hallways in 1450). Note the accoladed (“cupid’s bow”) arched doorways and the rain pouring from the lead gargoyle spouts. In the center of the courtyard is an original well (water was an essential need in care). A conducted leads from here to various rooms: the Great Hall of the Needy and the hospice support rooms (pharmacy, kitchen, “treatment area”) and finally the Museum (St.-Louis room and Polyptych chamber),
Le Beffroi - Tour de l'Horloge.
C’est une tour rectangulaire de six étages à toit à quatre angles construite au 13e et 14e siècles. L'architecture est d'influence flamande. C'est la plus ancienne horloge de Beaune puisqu'une horloge y fut installée vers 1400. Les poids de l'horloge descendaient alors jusqu' au 2e étage. Usée l'horloge fut remplacée en 1861. La tour a été à maintes reprises restaurée au cours des siècles. Elle est classée monument historique, j'ignore si l'intérieur se visite.
The "Beffroi" or Clock Tower of Beaune is a rectangular tower of six levels with a roof with four angles built in the 13th and 14th centuries. The architecture is of Flemish influence. It is the oldest clock of Beaune since a clock was installed here about 1400. The weights of the clock went down to the 2nd floor.
The worn clock was replaced in 1861. The tower was on several occasions restored during the centuries. It is classified historical monument.
I am unaware if the interior can be visited.