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The Hôtel-Dieu de Lyon stands on the banks of the Rhone as an imposing historical building that was the oldest hospital in town.
The Hôtel-Dieu de Lyon stands on the banks of the Rhone as an imposing historical building that was the oldest hospital in town. Founded in the 12th century as a refuge for clergymen, it became a hospital in the 15th century. Its current look dates to the 17th century expansion by Ducellet, and renovations carried out by Soufflot in the 18th century. Hôtel-Dieu doctors were pioneers in numerous specialities, including radiology, oncology, surgery and orthopedics, making Lyon the second medical centre in the country after Paris. The building is unsuitable for modern medicine, so the hospital was closed down in 2010 and now only hosts the Musée des Hospices civils de Lyon (Lyon hospitals museum). The museum recreates the rich history of medicine in Lyon, and also exhibits art works donated to the hospitals by their benefactors. The building will be converted into a luxury hotel in 2018.
1 Place de l'Hôpital, 69002 Lyon, France
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Place des Jacobins is one of the most well-known squares in Lyon
Place Bellecour is the heart of the Presqu'ile quarter and the largest open square in Europe
The Rue du Président Edouard Herriot is an important street in the Presqu'ile quarter, part of Lyon's UNESCO World Heritage site
Theatre des Celestins counts among the few theatres in France that have been operational for over 200 years, the first one at the site having been opened in 1792
Lyon was a centre of printing and book trade in Europe in the 15th - 16th century, and the Musee de l'Imprimerie in Hôtel de la Couronne showcases the city's historical collections of books and the graphic arts
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The Marche Saint-Antoine is a major French food and flower market in an upscale neighbourhood of Lyon
The Saint-Nizier Church is a Flamboyant Gothic church with a Renaissance portal that is named after 6th century bishop Nicetius of Lyon
The Nouvel Opera house opposite the City Hall is home to the Opera National de Lyon