Beaune, France

The history of Hospices de Beaune dates back to the middle of the 15th century, a time of misery, famine and destitution at the tail end of the 100-years war with the Kingdom of England. In 1441, Duke Philip the Good’s Chancellor, Nicolas Rolin and his wife Guigone de Salins, were given permission from Pope Eugene IV to build a hospital and refuge for the poor.

The hospital, also known as “Hotel-Dieu”, was consecrated on 31 December 1452 and the religious order of sisters, “Les sœurs hospitalières de Beaune”, was established…

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