The Hospices de Beaune or Hotel-Dieu de Beaune in the Burgogne region of France started life in 1443 as a charitable hospital for the poor. The original hospital building, the Hôtel-Dieu, one of the finest examples of French fifteenth-century architecture, is now a museum.
The Room of the Poor is furnished with two rows of curtained beds. The central area was set up with benches and tables for meals. The pieces of furniture were brought together in 1875 by the son in law of the architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc. Each bed could accommodate two patients.
Occasionally, for they are collector’s items now, you’ll come across apothecary jars in chemists shops/pharmacies
Does the sight of blood chill you to the core/make you faint/wish you were elsewhere? Are you squeamish when it comes to all things medical? The Hospices de Beaune had a fearsome collection of medical instruments which I chose not to photograph. Open the door of the particular cabinet of curiosities carefully to see what medical treasures or horrors other “Sunday Stillers” have found.