Discover the hidden facets of this exceptional hôtel-Dieu hospital...
Founded in 1242 by Alix de Rosoit, Notre-Dame à la Rose hospital is one of the last complete and self-sufficient groups of hôtel-Dieu hospitals from the Middle Ages. Located in Lessines, it is today one of the few witnesses to the evolution of medicine, surgery and pharmacy over the centuries. It presents an impressive collection of usual or more unusual objects distributed in twenty rooms. A garden of medicinal plants has also been there since the 18th century. Not to be missed: the Gothic cloister, a small architectural marvel.
Why UNESCO Heritage?
Already recognised as a major heritage of Wallonia, the hospital is an exceptional heritage of Wallonia Picardy. In 2012, the former hôpital-Dieu hospital emerged from an important restoration phase. This imposing project took more than a decade and required more than 20 million euros of investments, partly granted by European funds. Since then, Notre-Dame à la Rose de Lessines hospital has been working hard to be recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To this end, it has partnered with other partners both Flemish (Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, Geel, etc.) and French (Beaune, Tournus, Baugé, Hautefort, Tonnerre, Charlieu, etc.).
Living heritage weekends
On the occasion of the “Living heritage” weekends of Notre-Dame à la Rose hospital, this exceptional site welcomes artists, storytellers, illuminators, alchemists, apothecaries and musicians! All will offer you amazing things to explore, forgotten remedies, moments of escape, a return to certain “sources”... with a contagiously cheerful atmosphere.
“Special family” activities are planned, including old games, an Easter egg hunt, light games, Halloween and theatre events, and more. On a Sunday afternoon, an interactive stroll puts you in the shoes of period characters. You’ll discover life in the hospital at the beginning of the century and you’ll cure dummy patients in the sick room by preparing apothecary remedies.