Hôtel-Dieu de ParisFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to: navigation, search
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Main entrance of the Hôtel-Dieu, in 2007
Episodes from the Life of a Bishop-Saint, by the Master of Saint Giles (ca. 1500), showing the Gothic buildings of theHotel Dieu at right. These survived until the 18th centuryThe Hôtel-Dieu de Paris (French pronunciation: [ɔtɛl djø də paʁi]) is regarded as the oldest hospital in the city of Paris, France, and is themost central of the Assistance publique - hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) hospitals. The hospital is linked to the Faculté de Médecine Paris-Descartes. It still resides on the left bank of the Île de la Cité,next to Notre-Dame where the facility was originally built between the 7th and 17th centuries, with two buildings being linked by the pont au Double. Although the facility has been ravaged bydisastrous fires on several occasions, the hospital remains in existence today (the current architecture dates back to 1877). As a symbol of charity and hospitality, it was the first hospital in Paris untilthe Renaissance.
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 HistoryThe Hôtel-Dieu was founded by SaintLandry in 651, and is considered to be the first hospital in the city.
The history of Parisian hospitals dates from the Middle Ages. Poverty was widespread during that period, and theHôtel-Dieu became an opportunity for many of the bourgeois and nobility to redeem their sins by coming to its aid. Their efforts allowed the construction of the Hôpital de la Charité, which linked piety andmedical care. Like many hospitals of that era, it started as a general institution catering for the poor and sick, offering food and shelter in addition to medical care. The creation of the...