Beaune, city of Art and History
It is in 1452 that the city knows a real boom, when Nicolas Rolin, then Chancellor of Philip le Bon, Duke of Burgundy, and his wife Guigone de Salins, found a new religious order and open the doors of the Hospices de Beaune to welcome sick and disinherited
«I, Nicolas Rolin, knight, citizen of Autun, lord of Authume and Chancellor of Burgundy, on this Sunday, the 4th of August, in the year of Lord 1443 ... in the interest of my salvation Wishing to exchange for heavenly goods, temporal goods ... I found, and irrevocably endow in the city of Beaune, a hospital for the poor sick, with a chapel, in honor of God and his glorious mother… »
Excerpt from the founding text of Hospices de Beaune
Every year, the traditional Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction, perpetuates this tradition; the Hospices still welcome residents today.
The Hôtel-Dieu is of course a place rich in history, and you will not have to leave without having crossed the "Salle des Pôvres" and admire the famous polyptych of Last judgement of Rogier van der Weyden, ordered by Nicolas Rolin.
Basilique Notre Dame
A few hundred meters from the Hospices, you can go up the Avenue of the Republic to reach the impasse where stands the Notre-Dame de Beaune collegiate church, which is part of the last great Romanesque churches of Burgundy, built in the 12th century on the Cluniac model.
At nightfall, from June to September, during Christmas and major events, the facade lights up under the projections of lights, many concerts are also given, especially during the Baroque Music Festival in July.
To have the opportunity to stroll among the works of Felix Ziem, Hyppolyte Michaud or Michel Tourlière, you go through the Porte Marie de Bourgogne and discover the entrance of Museum of Fine Arts of Beaune in the atrium.
Entirely dedicated to the history of vine growing and wine making, as well as to the men who shape the Burgundian terroir, the Beaune Wine Museum pays tribute to the know-how of the winemakers of the region and reveals the wealth of heritage linked to Burgundy wine.