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Photographer's Note

Les célèbres toits multicolores de l'Hôtel-Dieu à Beaune, pris en quasi contre-jour et avec un nuage devant le soleil, ce qui explique la partie surexposée à gauche...

Un peu d'histoire, en anglais pour changer un peu...

"The multicoloured roofs of the Hôtel-Dieu have become one of the symbols of Burgundy.

The creation of the Hospices de Beaune is situated within a quite particular historical context. The founders of this institution gave it a vocation which it still exercises today through its various activities.

The Hôtel-Dieu was born on 4 August 1443. The Hundred Years War had recently been brought to an end by the signing of the Treaty of Arras in 1435. The massacres, however, continued and the "écorcheurs" ("skinners") were still roaming the countryside, pillaging and destroying, provoking misery and famine. The majority of the people of Beaune were declared destitute.

Nicolas Rolin, Chancellor of the Duke of Burgundy Philippe le Bon, and his wife Guigone de Salins reacted by deciding to create a hospital for the poor.

The hospital received its first patient on 1 January 1452. Elderly, disabled, orphans, sick people, women about to give birth, the destitute were all received and treated from the Middle Ages through to the 20th century. The hospital Sisters dispensed their care without cease. For centuries, they remained the very essence of the Hôtel-Dieu.

Throughout all this time, the hospital radiated outwards and federated other establishments in Pommard, Nolay, Meursault and Beaune to constitute a veritable community which became known as the Hospices de Beaune."
(Source: official site of the Hospices de Beaune - in English, French and German).

Enfin, pour ceux qui ont lu jusqu'ici et qui ont le temps ou en ont l'envie, je renvoie vers ce lien de fans du film "la grande vadrouille" et qui recèle un tas d'observations et d'anachronismes présents dans ce superbe film...dont une partie se déroule dans les Hospices de Beaune...

Et enfin, vraiment pour terminer, une perle de dialogue:

- Évidemment, c’est pas des chaussures pour la marche que vous avez là.
- Puisque vous me le proposez si gentiment, j’accepte !
- Quoi ?
- Que vous me prêtiez vos souliers.
- Bah, euh, vous chaussez du combien ?
- Du comme vous.

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