[PDF] press conference – 25/04/2013

SOME OF THE PROJECTS SUSTAINED BY EUROMÉDITERRANÉE •M useum of Civilizations from Europe and the Mediterranean (MuCEM): national centre for cultural and intellectual heritage devoted to various world cultures. •R egional Mediterranean Centre, an exhibition and cultural events centre. •T he Belle de Mai Media Centre with 26,000m2 space for cinema, audiovisual ar ts and multimedia. •T he Street Arts Centre devoted to cultural creation and expression, a unique site in all of Europe.

The Hotel-Dieu Marseille: A building rich in history THE HISTORY OF THE HÔTEL-DIEU MARSEILLE TO THE PRESENT DAY

1188 Creation of the Saint-Esprit hospital for the care of sick people and abandoned children

1593 Merger of the HOSPIALS Saint-

Jacques de Galice and Saint-Esprit: creation of the Hôtel-Dieu hospital.

1753 Laying the cornerstone for the

extension of the new Hôtel-Dieu, based on the plans of Jacques Hardouin-Mansart, nephew of Mansart, the famous architect

1866 The new hôtel-Dieu inaugurated

by Napoleon III (over a century after the first stone was laid) on November 15, 1866, the birthday of the Empress Eugénie.

BEFORE BECOMING A SUPERB 5-STAR HOTEL, THIS MAGNIFICENT BUILDING WITNESSED THE PASSAGE OF CENTURIES AND RESOUNDS WITH A HISTORY SHARED WITH MARSEILLE. THE HISTORY OF THE BUILDING IS CONNECTED TO THAT OF THE CITY Marseilles Hôtel-Dieu is one of the major creations of French 18th century hospital architecture. Founded around the year 1188, given the name of Saint-Esprit Hospital, this place was originally a collection of narrow interconnected houses that looked after sick and abandoned children. Following a first extension, major work began in earnest in 1753 under the direction of Jacques Hardouin-Mansar t and was completed around 1865 thanks to the effor ts of architect Félix Blanchet. From the end of the 19th century, impor tant maintenance, repair and even reconstruction were under taken, which connect the history of this site to that of Marseille.

1993 the last patients leave the hospital.

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