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Hospices de Beaune  picture in Burgundy
Hospices de Beaune  picture in Burgundy
Hospices de Beaune picture in Burgundy
Hospices de Beaune  picture in Burgundy
Hospices de Beaune  picture in Burgundy
Hospices de Beaune picture in Burgundy

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The Hospices de Beaune was founded in 1443 by Burgundy Chancellor Nicolas Rolin and his wife Guigone de Salins as a hospital for the region's poor and needy. But this building is far from austere. Underneath the slate roofs are brilliantly colored tiled ceilings and skylights, and walls hanging with historic artworks, such as the altarpiece "The Last Judgement" by Rogier van der Weyden. Other highlights include a courtyard, a kitchen and an apothecary, which visitors can learn about on an audio tour (covered by the price of admission). Plus, every November, the site hosts a famous charity wine auction. 

Former visitors were astonished at how much they learned about medicine through the centuries, though they did mention that you'll need to allocate more time than you think to take advantage of the full audio tour. Some recommended devoting the most time to the last room on the audio tour, which houses some of the most interesting art, wine and medical history, according to reviewers. 

The Hospices de Beaune sits about 30 miles south of Burgundy's capital, Dijon. If you don't have your own set of wheels, you'll find there are a high frequency of trains between the Dijon-Ville train station and the Station Beaune. Admission to the Hospices de Beaune is 7.50 euros (about $9) for adults and 3 euros (less than $4) for children between the ages of 10 and 18. Kids younger than 10 get in for free. From January to March and from mid-November through December, the property is open from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and between 2 and 5:30 p.m. From the end of March through mid-November, it's open from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit the Hospices de Beaune page on Tourist Office Beaune and Pays Beaunois' website.

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The Cathédrale Saint-Lazare d'Autun is one of the distinguishing establishments of the Burgundy region.  Philippe Paternolli / Getty Images

The Hospices de Beaune was originally used as a hospital for the poor and needy.  nikitje / Getty Images

The Église Notre-Dame is one of the sites along the Owl's Trail. Built in the 13th century, the church features a collection of gargoyles. Mats Silvan / Getty Images

The grounds and gardens of Le Château d'Ancy-le-Franc rival the art and architecture of the château.  Courtesy Château d’Ancy-le-Franc

Beaune is the wine capital of the Burgundy region. If you're hoping to take a wine tour, consider heading here. Thomas Pragassam / EyeEm / Getty Images

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At the Chantier Médiéval de Guédelon, travelers can watch as a castle is built from the ground up using ancient tools and construction techniques. mksfca / Flickr

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