Thursday, August 25, 2016

Beaune - France

This card was a wonderful surprise from Óscar. He told me Beaune was part of a UNESCO site and that I should google to find out which site was that. Of course I did that and the site is Climats, terroirs of Burgundy, on the WHS list since last year. This site includes vineyards, associated production units including the town of Beaune and nearby villages and also the historic centre of Dijon. 

Beaune is the wine capital of Burgundy in the Côte d'Or department in eastern France. It is located between Paris and Geneva.
Beaune is one of the key wine centres in France and the annual wine auction of the Hospices de Beaune is the primary wine auction in France. The town is surrounded by some of the world's most famous wine villages, while the facilities and cellars of many producers, large and small, are situated in Beaune itself. With a rich historical and architectural heritage, Beaune is considered the "Capital of Burgundy wines".

The Hospices de Beaune or Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune is a former charitable almshouse in Beaune, France. It was founded in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor of Burgundy, as a hospital for the poor. The original hospital building, the Hôtel-Dieu, one of the finest examples of French fifteenth-century architecture, is now a museum. 
An important charity wine auction is held in November each year (formerly in the great hall of the Hôtel-Dieu). - in: wikipedia

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