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1 - Introduction

Just like Marseille and Bordeaux, InterContinental Lyon – Hotel Dieu is housed in a beautiful historic building, the Grand Hôtel-Dieu.

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Main entrance (c) Eric Cuvillier.jpg
2 - Facade

Jacques-Germain Soufflot, a 25-year-old architect from the 18th century, drew up the plans of the Grand Hôtel-Dieu. Work began in 1741 but quickly stopped due to a lack of money.

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3 - Statues

Unfortunately the original statues were destroyed. New ones were created by sculptors Prost and Charles during the 19th century.

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4 - Reception / Conciergerie

In the Middle Ages, the construction of the floor gave the shape and appearance of the ceiling.

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5 - Grand Dôme

Against all odds, the initial plans were changed and the Dôme was less imposing and less decorative than the one Soufflot imagined.

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6 - Grand Dôme (J. P. Nuel)

I used the history of the site and its architecture to design Le Dôme, as the place was once a chapel.

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7 - Grand Dôme (Donors)

Until WWI, the Grand Hôtel-Dieu was financially independent and this could be seen in different ways…

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8 - Grand Dôme (Ligne Roset)

The time of development was the same required to complete a Ligne Roset furniture collection.

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9 - Epona Restaurant

The restaurant takes its name from the Gallic goddess Epona, patroness of horses and travelers.

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10 - Saint-Louis Courtyard (1)

The north part of the Grand Hôtel-Dieu was built between 1622 and 1637 and followed a “4 ranks plan”.

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11 - Saint-Louis Courtyard (2)

There is a well in each courtyard. The one located in the outdoor terrace of the hotel dates back to the 18th century and is actually water pump.

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12 - Cloister Courtyard

This is the oldest part of the Grand Hôtel-Dieu and surely one of the most beautiful and peaceful courtyards.

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13 - Saint-Henri Courtyard

In 1841, this courtyard became the “kitchen courtyard”, with areas reserved for nursing sisters, pregnant women and children.

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Click on image to enlarge. The start of the visit is infront of the hotel.

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