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Rue de la Monnaie
As the name implies, this is a street where a mint (in the sense of minting coins) once stood. This is one of the oldest streets in Lille and still has a number of historic buildings, some in good repair, some not.
Location and photo of Rue de la Monnaie on monumentum.fr.
Second photo: The Hospice Comtesse at 32, rue de la Monnaie was originally founded as a hospital in the year 1236 by Jeanne de Constantinople, the Countess of Flanders. The current buildings date mainly from the 17th century and are now used as a museum, which I unfortunately was unable to visit (this time).
Location and photo of Hospice Comtesse on monumentum.fr.
Third and fourth photos: Two more views of the Rue de la Monnaie.
Next: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de la Treille
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Ik heb het Hospice comtesse bezocht en het was een fantastische gebeurtenis met de school. De tijden waren goed gereld en je kon ff binnen gaan zonder te betalen maar, binnen in het museum zelf kon niet. Ze zijn daar niet zo streng maar het is wel een prachtige kleurrijke museum.
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Good for a visit!
musée de l'Hospice Comtesse
One of the high spot of cultural life of Lille (with the palace of the fine arts) Created in 1237 as hospital by the Countess Joan of Flanders. In 1745, 120 patients there were cared for by a community of 20 religious women. After 1789, it became retirement house, then afterwards an orphanage up to 1939!
The current buildings date back to the 15 th to the 18 th century. One can visit the room of the patients, the chapel and the ordinary pieces of the religious community (dormitories,...)
Welcome uniformly temporary expositions.
Un des hauts-lieux de la vie culturelle de Lille (avec le palais des Beaux-Arts)
Créé en 1237 en tant que hôpital par la comtesse Jeanne de Flandre. En 1745, 120 malades y étaient soignés par une communauté de 20 religieuses. Après 1789, il devint maison de retraite, puis par la suite un orphelinat jusqu'en 1939!
Les bâtiments actuels datent du XVe au XVIIIe siècle. On peut visiter la salle des malades, la chapelle et les pièces usuelles de la communauté religieuse (dortoir,...)
Accueille régulièrement des expositions temporaires.
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Little Musuem, Worth Seeing
This is a on old hospice that was run by nuns way back when. Gives you a small glimpse as to how 'old' Lille lived. Not very big so only take you an hour or so. There is a gallery attached that has temporary exhibitions of some note. This costs extra. If doing a day in Lille then do this in the morning, take a long lunch, palais des beaux arts in the afternoon followed by shopping.
The Countess of Flanders, Jeanne de Constantinople, had the hospice built in 1237 as an appeal for her husband who was captured. The hospice was totally destroyed by a fire in 1468 and rebuilt a couple of times afterwards. That's why you will notice façades in different styles.
The Hospice Comtesse is now a museum where you can see an old infirmary, tapestry, furniture, and pottery of local artists.
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Musee de l’hospice Comtesse.
This wonderfully kept 13th century building is at the moment housing an art exhibition. Look beyond this and you can imagine how it must have been in the days of old.
The building was originally a hospital and was founded by the Countess of Flanders in 1237 and some of the rooms have been restored. The convent, the hospital ward with its timbered ceiling and also the chapel. There is a wonderful kitchen with lovely dutch blue and white tiles covering the walls from floor to ceiling. The rooms are home to many beautiful paintings by Dutch ,Flemish and French painters. There are some lovely tapestries on the walls too.
Outside there is a lovely courtyard with seating areas.
There is limited acccess for wheelchair users.
Musée Hospice Comtesse
Situated in the picturesque Vieux Lille district, this building used to be an old hospital founded in 1237. You can visit the chapel, the appartments for the religious community and the room where the ill people were being cured. Inside have a look at the furniture, the tapestries and the faiences. From the inner courtyard, you can admire the beautiful building. The outer courtyard is a nice place to relax.
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