"4 Place Madeleine, 21200 ,", Beaune, France
More about Beaune
Fascinating downstairs hallway at Bibracte
Oak panelled ceiling
Choir hanging "Vie de la Vierge" at Notre Dame
Aubusson Tapestry at Hôtel-Dieu
Travel Tips for Beaune
Hospices de Beaune Hotel Dieu
Cost of the tour is well worth it; Senior rate was 6.50Euros and includes a small brochure.
Once past the spacious Courtyard where you have the best views of the colorful roof, there is the 1-Grand Hall of the Poor, which ceiling is huge and oak panelled, with broken barrel vaulting (see photos 2 and 3); 2-Chapel; 3-St. Hugues Room; 4-St. Nicholas Room; 5-Kitchen; 6-Pharmacy; 7-POLYPTYCH; and 8-St. Louis Room.
See my Travelogue for more photos.
Hôtel-Dieu - Salle du Polyptyque
The most important room of the Hôtel-Dieu from the artistic point of view is certainly the Salle du Polyptyque, whose name comes from Rogier van der Weyden's famous polyptych The Last Judgement. Nicolas Rolin, the founder of the hospital, commissioned it to the Flemish painter in 1443.
If you like art, you will be supposingly amazed when you see this painting. The strong red colour of Christ's show up very well in the darkness of the room. A movable magnifying lens has been provided, so that you can watch all the details.
In the room, you will observe other pieces of art, as well as tapestries, like the one you see in the last picture of this tip.
Sat 12th May.
We were up nice and early to catch the market, we stopped for breakfast in a cafe but could only get a cafe au lait as their croissants weren't cooked yet.
We found some lovely brioche in the covered part of the market to stave off the hunger!
I bought some, which I now know to be lovely, miel de tournesol from the indoor part too, for about €2.50 a jar.
My friend and I went to look round the Hospices de Beaune Hotel-Dieu, €6 each, and it was quite amazing.
For those of you who don't know, as indeed I did not, the region is famous for its coloured tiled roofs, you walk into the large courtyard and are hit by the most colourful roofs I've ever seen.
We spent about 1.5 hrs looking around here and then looked at more of the market.
And the amount of fresh produce, well I was impressed, you just don't get such specialised stalls in the UK.
We also looked round another church in the town; Colligiale Notre-Dame, and bought some cheap flowers from the market before going home for a late lunch.
Please see my tips on the Hospices de Beaune Hotel-Dieu, the Market and the Colligiale Notre-Dame.