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Best things to do in Beaune

Museum
“The Hôtel-Dieu is a former hospital founded in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor of the Duke of Burgundy, and his wife, Guigone de Salins. It is only when you step into the main courtyard that you see the flamboyant roof with varnished tiles, a...more Closed Now Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM See all hours Suggested duration: 1-2 hours”
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History Museum
“ A hospital foundation from the Middle Ages, the Hospices de Beaune is one of France’s most prestigious historic monuments. Its flamboyant Gothic architecture, its polychrome roofs and a renowned vineyard make this museum one of Burgundy’s gems. The Hospices de Beaune is also famous for its 60 hectares wine estate, producing prestigious wines, sold at auction on the third Sunday in November. A Palace for the Poor When in 1443, Chancellor Nicolas Rolin founded the Hôtel Dieu (Hospices de Beaune), Beaune was coming out of the 100 years war, a period of unrest and plague that decimated the countryside. It was for the poor and the most disadvantaged that this masterpiece inspired by the most outstanding hôtels-Dieu of Flanders and Paris was built. Behind the austere slate roofs of the facade are the stunning courtyard, beautiful varnished tile roofs and overhead skylights. All around the courtyard, the harmonious organisation of buildings rule the life of this charitable institution: under the hull-shaped arches of the poor room, the sick were welcomed in, and in the kitchen with its huge Gothic chimneys, meals were prepared, while the apothecary with its mortar and earthenware pots, was the preserve of the sister pharmacist. Palace for the poor - Hospices de Beaune © Francis Vauban Palace for the poor - Hospices de Beaune © Francis Vauban Hospices de Beaune: a foundation for all eternity Nicolas Rolin used his vast knowledge of hospital institutions to make his hôtel Dieu (Hospices de Beaune) an establishment capable of surviving the centuries. As a good trader, he placed it under the spiritual authority of the Holy See, free from any charge and under good management, endowing it with vineyards, farms and woods. But the search for architectural perfection, the beauty of objects and the polyptych of the Last Judgement ordered from Rogier Van der Weyden, one of the great masters of Flemish painting, it’s the Christian and philanthropist to whom we’re indebted. Nicolas Rolin made his hôtel dieu a work and an act of faith for all eternity. Hôtel-Dieu's Entrance © Studio Piffaut Polyptych of the Last Judgement © F. Vauban Entrance - Hospices de Beaune © Francis Vauban Pharmacy © Francis Vauban Hospices de Beaune: the wine-makers’ hospital In 1457, Guillemette Levernier made the first gift of vineyards to the Hospices de Beaune, and this tradition was to continue for five centuries. Today, the wine estate is around 60 hectares, of which 50 are devoted to Pinot Noir and the rest to Chardonnay. Entrusted to 22 winemakers handpicked by its manager, this exceptional vineyard accounts for 85% of premiers crus and grands crus sold at auction on the third Sunday in November. The sale, today organised by Christie's auction house, is the most famous wine charity auction in the world. The proceeds of the sale are used to improve the hospital’s equipment and in the conservation of the Hôtel Dieu. ”
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Museum
“LA moutarde, la vraie, fabriquée à Beaune. Visite recommandée avec parcours des 5 sens. Des gouts et des saveurs extremement variés. Nous recommandons la moutarde IGP fabriquée avec moutarde cultivée en Bourgogne et vinaigre élaboré avec du vin de Bourgogne également... ”
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Museum
“A great honor to old winemaking practices and the working tradition of the region”
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Coworking-Space
“Everything you need to understand the Climats, vineyards of Burgundy region listed on UNESCO World Heritage. The Maison des Climats in an original exhibition space dedicated to opening up the Climats to a wider public. These now-famous individual plots of vines, named and marked out centuries ago, joined the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2015. The visit begins with a digital mural with 3D sound design telling the story of the Climats. Visitors can then stroll freely along the nine-meter exhibit representing the vines of the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits, before accessing a range of content presenting the history, geology, toponymy, and heritage of the Climats. The Maison des Climats is an invitation to visit the vines of the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune, and the rich heritage of the local towns and villages. It also provides a fine introduction to any tasting or visit to a vineyard. This summer, come and explore this fascinating location at Porte Marie de Bourgogne in Beaune. New augmented-reality exhibits will be added soon. PRACTICAL INFO Maison des Climats: Porte Marie de Bourgogne, 6 boulevard Perpreuil - rue Poterne, 21200 Beaune Entry via the Tourist Office Free admission, with content in French and English Average visit time: 25 minutes From 1 April to 31 October, open daily from 9:00am to 6:30pm From 1 November to 31 March, open Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 12:30pm and from 1:30pm to 6:00pm Sundays and public holidays from 10:00am to noon and from 1:30pm to 4:30pm Closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day For more information, please call +33 (0)3 80 262 130”
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History Museum
Museum
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