[PDF] press conference – 25/04/2013

The Hôtel Dieu becomes a teaching hospital for medics and paramedics.

2006 the Hôtel-Dieu hospital closes its doors.

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HISTORY IN THE MAKING -The remains of a 12th century chapel are buried under the hotel’s gardens. The chapel’s foundations are composed of mosaics from an ancient Roman village (200 B.C.). Listed and collected by the city’s archeological services, a fragment of this mosaic is on display in the “cultural area” of the hotel. -The Hôtel-Dieu hospital was the theatre for the first-ever operation on a cataract. It was performed in 1750 by the eminent Jacques Daviel whose name was given to the square in Marseille where the InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu now stands. -Today, the façades, the roof, the vaulted passageways and monumental staircases in the main building are listed in the Supplemental Inventory of Historic Monuments.

A LOOK AT THE VARIOUS HÔTELSDIEU IN FRANCE The first Hôtels Dieu appeared in France at the end of the Middle Ages. This was the term used to describe the main hospital in many cities, (Marseille, Paris, Lyon, Toulouse, Nantes, etc.). These charitable institutions, founded and run by bishops, were apparently meant to house pilgrims and minister to travellers. The Hôtel Dieu, in the shade of the cathedral and administered by the chapter, was also a refuge for the city’s inhabitants.

REAWAKENing THE HOTEL-DIEU KEY DATES IN THE TRANSFORMATION

2003 A pproval of the acquisition of the

Hôtel-Dieu from Marseille’s Hospital Public Assistance Group.

2005 Publication for tenders for the

construction of a high quality hotel in the former Hôtel-Dieu.

2007 Contract assigned by the city of

Marseille to AXA Real Estate as investor, Altarea Cogedim as developer, InterContinental Hotels Group for hotel management.

2010 The laying of the first stone in the

presence of Jean-Claude Gaudin, Senator of the Bouches-du-Rhone and Mayor of Marseille

2013 Official opening of the

InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu.

TRANSFORMING A BUILDING SO STEEPED IN HISTORY IS COMPLEX: EVERYTHING NOTEWORTHY IN THE FORMER HÔTEL-DIEU HOSPITAL HAD TO BE RESTORED, ENHANCED AND PRESERVED TO ENSURE THEIR USE IN THE FUTURE INTERCONTINENTAL MARSEILLE – HOTEL DIEU. THE AIM OF THE TRANSFORMATION

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