Hôtel-Dieu de Lyon

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Hôtel-Dieu de Lyon
Hotel dieu in Lyon
LocationLyon, France
Coordinates45°45′30″N 4°50′11″E / 45.75833°N 4.83639°E / 45.75833; 4.83639Coordinates: 45°45′30″N 4°50′11″E / 45.75833°N 4.83639°E / 45.75833; 4.83639
ListsHospitals in France

Hôtel-Dieu de Lyon was a hospital of historical significance situated on the west bank of the Rhone river, on the "Presque-isle" (the Peninsula between the Saône and Rhone rivers which run through the city center). It has been out of use since 2010.

This zone is served by the metro lines  A  and  D 

First erected in medieval times, the building originally served as the "Confrérie des frères pontifes" (est. 1184), a pontifical meeting-place and refuge for both traveling and local members of the clergy. However, when the first doctor Maître Martin Conras was hired in 1454, 'Hôtel-Dieu' became a fully functional hospital, one of the most important in France. As Lyon was a city known for its trade and seasonal fairs, many of the early patients were weary travelers of foreign descent.

In 1532, 'Hôtel-Dieu' appointed former Franciscan/Benedictine monk-turned-doctor and great Humanist François Rabelais, who would write his Gargantua and Pantagruel during his tenure here. Renaissance poet Louise Labé lived just beyond the western limits of the building.

The Hôtel-Dieu also had as a practitioner in the 1530s and 1540s, Pierre Tolet who was one of the promoters of the French language in medicine.[1]

Massive expansion projects in the 17th century by Guillaume Ducellet (under Louis XIII and Cardinal Richelieu) and in the 18th century by Jacques-Germain Soufflot (under Louis XIV and Jean-Baptiste Colbert) replaced the original building with the grandiose wings and courts we know today. In fact, at its greatest point, the hospital extended from its present position beyond Place Bellecour to engulf the area now occupied by the central post office.

'Hôtel-Dieu' houses the "Musée des Hospices Civils" a permanent exhibit tracing the history and practice of medicine from the Middle Ages to modern time and includes a fine collection of apothecary vases amongst other objects.

In May 2015, it was announced that the building, which ceased to function as a hospital in 2010, will be converted to a luxury hotel, the InterContinental Lyon, opening in 2018.[2]

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  1. ^ Archives historiques et statistiques du département du Rhône (in French). Barret. 1827. Retrieved 11 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Intercontinental Heads to Lyon as Part of France's Most Historic Renovation Ever". HotelChatter. May 1, 2015. Archived from the original on May 30, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)