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
Hôtel-Dieu and Nearby Attractions on Map
Lyon Cathedral(0.8 km)
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Parc de la Tête d'Or(2.5 km)
Completed in 1862, the 115-hectare English-style Parc de la Tete d'Or or Park of the Golden Head is one of the largest and most beautiful urban parks in France.
Renaissance Courtyards(0.8 km)
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Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière(1.2 km)
The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière atop Fourvière Hill is votively dedicated to Virgin Mary, patron saint of Lyon, for saving the city from several adversities – scurvy in 1638, the Black Death of bubonic plague that spread through Europe in 1643, cholera epidemic in 1832, and Prussian invasion in 1870.
Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules(1.4 km)
The Amphitheatre des Trois Gaules is a Roman theatre from 19 BC that marks the place where the first Christian martyrs of Gaul were thrown to the lions in 177 AD.
Rue du Président Edouard Herriot(0.5 km)
The Rue du Président Edouard Herriot is an important street in the Presqu'ile quarter, part of Lyon's UNESCO World Heritage site.
Place des Terreaux(1 km)
The Place des Terreaux is a large square in the heart of Lyon in the Presqu'ile district.
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