The Hospice in Beaune

Le Hôtel-Dieu

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The Hospice in Beaune was built in 1443 as a charity hospital -- the only place the poor could find up-to-date medical care.  The original endowment by a high official of the Burgundian court included enough producing land to ensure its perpetual operation. 

The treatment provided in this state-of-the-art facility was so good even rich people sought medical care here, although moderns would probably be horrified by the 'operations' performed. 

The roof is classic Burgundian: different-colored roof tiles arranged to form repeating patterns.  The architecture is half-timbered, something you see quite often in those parts of France formerly held by the English (or, more precisely, the Normans).