I've visited L'Hôtel-Dieu a few times, drawn in by the sense of history of such a wonderful hospital in the shadow of Notre Dame. L'Hôtel-Dieu was founded in 651 by Bishop Saint Landry, initially in a different location on the other side of the Parvis Notre-Dame, and it straddled the two banks of the Seine. Several fires took their toll over the centuries and it was built on the current site in 1877.
The staff of the past are a who's who of French medical history including Dupuytren, Dieulafoy, Trousseau and Ambroise Paré. Famous names still today.
These photos are from my visit in 2013.
|It's always intriguing when a sign is in English|
|Clearly health funding and health service provision|
is an issue the world over.
|I'm not sure how to read this sign.|
I've seen the statue at the end of the courtyard before, and I'm moderately certain that this statue didn't look like this previously, but I can't find the photos to prove it. It is rare to see vandalised statues though in France.
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|Paris in July|