Friday, January 15, 2016

Photos from Burgandy, France: L’Hôtel-Dieu

Followers of this blog know I have an ongoing fascination with brick stitch embroidery, and used a motif found in Burgundian roof tile as a pattern for one of my embroideries.

Last summer we visited the Burgandy region of France, including the medieval walled city of Beause. Oenophiles are familiar with Beaune (and Burgandy) for its excellent wine. We drank as much of it as we could, and also visited the hospice museum (!).

L’Hôtel-Dieu was founded in 1443 by Nicholas Rolin and his wife Guigone Salins. Rolin was the chancellor of the Duke of Burgandy, and his and his wife's initials are featured in some of the interior artwork. Much of the interior is restored to its original glory, and is well worth a visit. I just wish I was a better photographer.

Interior of the main hospice building, showing the painted ceiling, carved and painted roof supports, a wooden bench, and the painted walls of the altar area (because of course the patient care area is also set up to hold Mass - no excuses for not making it to church!):

Last but not least, one of my favorite parts of the exhibit - a display on the traditional Burgundian roof tile, up close:


Marijn said...

Hi Kathy,
These are nice photos. it is interesting to see that the roof tiles are only partially glazed. How were the tiles attached to the roof? Did they use nails?
I also wondered if you have some more photos of the hospital beds.

Best regards,

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Kathy Storm said...

@ Marjin,
I don't recall how the tiles were attached. I did see a new roof of this type being built in Beaune, though they weren't at the stage of attaching tiles. At least there are still people doing this type of construction!

I don't have more photos of the beds, either. I was traveling with friends who were more interested in drinking wine than seeing this fascinating Burgundian hospital.

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