Hospices de Beaune#2 in Best Things To Do in Burgundy
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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#1 Cathédrale Saint-Lazare d'Autun
The Cathédrale Saint-Lazare d'Autun, also known as the Autun Cathedral, was built in the 12th century as a Roman Catholic cathedral and storehouse of the relics of St. Lazarus. Of particular note are the works of art, including a tympanum of "The Last Judgement." The iconic sculptures, carved by Gislebertus in the Romanesque style, are equally engaging.
Recent visitors said the Cathédrale Saint-Lazare d'Autun stands out among European cathedrals for its architecture and art. Along with the tympanum, travelers also appreciated the cathedral's stained glass and the way the cathedral continues to be used by the Autun community.
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