Castles - Palaces - Manor Houses

L’Hôtel-Dieu, Hautefort

by Bert Schwarz

The Hôtel Dieu de Hautefort founded in 1669 by the Marquis Jacques-François de Hautefort (1609-1680) in the Périgord was not completed until 1717. It was a rare hospital foundation with a Greek cross architecture, unique in the Nouvelle Aquitaine. and in France. The plan was that in each of the three rooms 11 women (in the room of the Holy Spirit), 11 men (in the room of the Eternal Father) and 11 boys (in the room of the Holy Spirit) would be accommodated. The church was to be housed in the third room of the Divine Word, which symbolized the 33 years of the life of Jesus Christ. Already in 1685 the first poor people occupied the Building that took half a century to build. In 1747 the brother of the Marquis called the Merciful Sisters of Nevers, who remained in Hautefort until 1995.

L’Hôtel-Dieu, Hautefort

Story, Camera, Editor : Bert Schwarz

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We get into a reconstruction of a hospital room as it must have been for eleven men back then..

We can see a replica of the abandonment tower requested by the revolutionaries of the French Revolution in 1793 and built between 1797 and 1797. in 1847 in Hautefort. In total, 1,947 children were counted within a timespan of 50 years.

The importance of the chapel coincides with the strong religious symbolism of this house. In the sanctuary there is a mausoleum made of marble, which can be found under is a listed building. It contains the body of Charlotte, Countess of Hautefort and the heart of her husband Baron Maxence de Damas.

Hôtel de Dieu, Hautefort © Bert Schwarz

The story of the pharmacy is dedicated to another room, it tells the story of the development of drug manufacturing and biology. Here you will find extraordinary pieces such as a 19th century trebuchet with a built-in microscope or an electrotherapy case (therapy principle of D'ARSONVAL). Something really big for experts and for us laymen: Amazing and highly interesting.

The library houses a large collection of medical books, some of which are rare: «Memories of the Royal Academy of Surgery», «Medical Code of 1818» etc.

I didn't like the hall «Platon» at all. But that's because of the topic and my deep aversion to it: Technique for the dentist. All these torture devices from the last century and from the century before last the first «third», as well as their manufacturing tools.... Now it must have been not all liked.

In the hall of Aristotle the topic Radiology is housed. The horrified astonishment at the conditions under which they worked around 1910, can be explained by our knowledge today. Very interesting for visitors with an affinity for technology.

The exhibition is completed by various exhibits of prostheses for the leg or the arm.