This storytelling tour of the former hospital Hôtel-Dieu takes visitors back to the seventeenth century, in the company of Poncette, a young baker’s apprentice who fed patients. Her friend Jeannot has just been brought to the Hôtel-Dieu and she watches over him. One day, a new disease suddenly appears at the hospital. Is it an epidemic? It doesn’t look like the all too familiar plague... What if it was a deliberate poisoning? Determined to save her friend from this illness, Poncette sets off on a dangerous investigation to find the real culprit!
Your storyteller-guide transports you to the heart of the bustling activity of Lyon’s main hospital in the seventeenth century. You will meet the doctors, surgeons, apothecaries, attending nuns and patients. You will also learn about the medical theory of the time, including practices such as bloodletting and plant remedies. The thrilling plot will bring the history of medicine back to life before your eyes.
A fictional story based on historical facts, it offers a chance to experience daily life as it was in this important building in Lyon’s history.
Please ensure you arrive 10 minutes before the tour commences Booking is necessary Cancellation free of charge 72 hours before schedule activity Tour recommended from the age of 8. Please note that the tour does not include entry to the buildings; everything takes place outdoors, in the Hôtel-Dieu’s courtyards, passages and cloisters. This tour is accessible for wheelchair users The tour ends by the Saint-Martin Courtyard of Hôtel-Dieu
Health and safety commitments
In order to ensure the safety of our visitors, all tours provided by Cybele have been adapted with routes that enable physical distancing and compliance with applicable health regulations:
The guide and all participants aged 11 and above must wear a mask
A distance of 1 metre must be maintained between participants
Our guides are equipped with a hygiene kit
Out of respect for the inhabitants, we limit the passage in the traboules during the visit
Our guides alone make contact with objects (doors, light switches, etc.)
Metro A et D > Bellecour
Place Amédée Bonnet, under the statue, rue Bellecordière - Lyon 2nd
Tarif enfant (- de 16 ans)
DOCTOR AND BON VIVANT
François Rabelais was a doctor at the Hôtel-Dieu, but was dismissed for absenteeism! He spent more time writing the novels that made him famous – Gargantua and Pantagruel – than attending patients.
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