Beaune, home of the Hospices de Beaune, and considered to be the capital of Burgundy wines…

Since it is considered to be one of the main wine centres in France, it will come as no surprise that Beaune was the next stop on our trip. We had been on the road for 5 weeks and as we were sadly approaching the end of our holiday, we decided it would be best to sample as many of the local offerings in the time available..! Also I particularly wanted to visit the Hospices de Beaune, which I had seen in online images while researching this region, and which as an architectural photographer naturally drew my interest. Most, if not all the images were taken in between the bouts of rain that dogged our visit, however the rain added a lovely shine to the stunning roof tiles.

The actual tiles themselves are relatively new, dating from approximately between 1902 – 1907, however the design itself dates from the mid 1400 – 1500’s I believe; the Hospices were established by Nicolas Rolin, and opened the doors to patients in January 1452, following Rolin and his wife’s decision to create a Hospice for the largely destitute local population.

The audio guide that accompanied our visit furnished a very interesting insight into Rolin, whose incredible philanthropic dedication to the the unfortunates of the time such as the sick, poor, disabled, elderly, orphaned children and single mothers was moving  and most laudable indeed.

Hospices de Beaune, Beaune, Burgundy, France
The courtyard of the Hotel-Dieu under a stormy sky… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Hospices de Beaune, Beaune, Burgundy, France
Just beautiful French fifteenth century architecture… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Hospices de Beaune, Beaune, Burgundy, France
Room of the Poors, which is approximately 50 metres long, with the Chapel at the end… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Hospices de Beaune, Beaune, Burgundy, France
Corner time at the Hospices… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Hospices de Beaune, Beaune, Burgundy, France
Detail in the Chapel… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Hospices de Beaune, Beaune, Burgundy, France
Taken with the 17mm f4… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Hospices de Beaune, Beaune, Burgundy, France
Stained glass in the Chapel… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Hospices de Beaune, Beaune, Burgundy, France
Detail of the glazed tile roof pattern… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Hospices de Beaune, Beaune, Burgundy, France
Nicolas and his wife’s initials in the floor tiles… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Hospices de Beaune, Beaune, Burgundy, France
Pigeon enjoying the rain (and his perch…)… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Hospices de Beaune, Beaune, Burgundy, France
Curtained beds within the Room of the Poors… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013

All the interior images were naturally taken at a higher ISO setting, which I then had to  increase for the details images since I switched from the 17mm lens to the 70-200mm, which required a faster shutter speed and steady hand (and of course the IS switched on!)… Since these images were only for me and web viewing I only applied a minimal amount of noise reduction, hence some grain may be visible in some shots… (can’t stop calling it ‘grain’…hangover from my days shooting film…)

Hospices de Beaune, Beaune, Burgundy, France
Water spout…often incorrectly referred to as a ‘gargoyle..’… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Hospices de Beaune, Beaune, Burgundy, France
Caricature of local Beaune inhabitant on the roof… The roof design resembles an upside down boat with each beam featuring a different caricature… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Hospices de Beaune, Beaune, Burgundy, France
Crocodile (?) swallowing a beam… designed (if my memory serves) to add some cheer to the sick… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Hospices de Beaune, Beaune, Burgundy, France
In the Chapel… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Hospices de Beaune, Beaune, Burgundy, France
Another close-up… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Hospices de Beaune, Beaune, Burgundy, France
Roof detail at the Hospices de Beaune… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Hospices de Beaune, Beaune, Burgundy, France
Corner turret detail… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Restaurant in Beaune, Burgundy, France
Lunchtime reflection… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Restaurant in Beaune, Burgundy, France
Onion soup…simply delicious… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Michael Evans in a restaurant in Beaune, Burgundy
Mel’s snap of me on the IXUS 125 HS… great pocket camera within it’s limitations (in this instance it has focused behind me)… This is my ‘I’m hungry’ face…! © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
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8 thoughts on “Beaune, home of the Hospices de Beaune, and considered to be the capital of Burgundy wines…

    1. Thanks Deanna! I forgot to mention in the post that it is also the site of a huge annual wine auction on the third weekend in November… When you see some of the medical ‘equipment’ that was used, well , it makes you glad to be alive in this era. Thank you again for your kind comments!

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