HÔTEL-DIEU DE PARIS- 1, Parvis Notre-Dame - place Jean-Paul-II
A virtual gem just steps from the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral in the Île de la Cité is the Hotel-Dieu de #Paris
First established by Saint Landry during the 7th-century, Hôtel-Dieu (English Translation ‘hostel of God’) this 14 centuries old hospital is not only notable as the oldest hospital in Paris but the oldest hospital in the world that remains in operation.
What a history!
Hotel Dieu was a refuge for the poor and sick of Paris until the 17th century, offering not only medical care but food and shelter.It was destroyed by a fire in 1772 and not rebuilt until Napoleon’s reign Hotel Dieu was the only hospital in the city during the Renaissance Period. And by the reign of Louis XV, the hospital had acquired a reputation as a trap for disease, with a mortality rate of up to 25% In 1832 a cholera epidemic ravaged Paris claiming 19,000 lives.
It is haunting to imagine, even though it was the largest of Paris’ hospitals with 1,200 beds, many beds held 3+ patients and there was no quarantine for those with contagious disease.
Meandering through the magnificent echoing corridors you can easily feel like you’re on a movie set. When hospital staff passes you by you are reminded that it is indeed still a working hospital but steeped in a rich cultural history intricately connected to the evolution of medicine as well as medieval history.
The secret garden in the central courtyard is a lovely quiet escape from the chaotic crowds that ensue around the Notre Dame.
Don’t overlook this incredible snapshot of time travel into Paris’ history.🇫🇷❤💟
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