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In a room entirely covered in wooden panelling, the Apothecary's shop is one of the most beautiful in France. It boasts a collection of vases, chemist's jars and other receptacles holding over 600 items. The "Nurturing the body and the soul...more
This is a real gem. The museum is well presented and the brochure in English is sufficient to help you appreciate the exhibits, if your French is as rusty as mine. The jewel here is the apothecaries' room - amazing floor, ceiling and furniture but...More
The site is an ancient hospital set up by nuns which is still set up as it was. The apothecary section can only be accessed by guided tour. Our guide was excellent and spoke very good English. The room shown in the pictures is the...More
Date of experience: September 2016
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Chateau49150, guide touristique at Apothicairerie de Bauge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2017
Thank you for your comment after visiting the former hospital.
Hôtel-Dieu means Gods hotel it was a place where poor and sick people were freely welcomed. We have to explain that because of course the word “Hôtel-Dieu” doesn’t exist in English ;-)
The apothecary is wonderfully preserved, with herbs in chestnut wooden boxes hand-painted. The made up treatments were in beautiful jars, all organised on ornate wooden shelving, the whole room floored in highly polished parquet. The hospital has great romance in its origin and history. We...More
This hospital is accessed by going to the Chateau Bauge which is the tourist information office. They then direct you to the hospital. Much of the original equipment and jars etc is still there. Highly recommended.
What an amazing visit from strat to finish! If you are looking for places to visit, start with this one! The other reviews say it all. A real gem! and the guide was so communicative, we really loved it!
We really enjoyed seeing the apothecary and taking the tour. Our guide was superb and the highlight was standing in the apothecary seeing the array of bottles and jars and listening to the guide's talk. To see the apothecary itself you need to book a...More
I was not aware of this monument until looking at earlier reviews from my fellow travellers, but what a gem. The Hotel-Dieu was a hospital where care was administered by nuns until the early 21st century, having initially opened its doors in 1650. The spectacular...More
This is a really interesting visit, which includes visiting the oldest apothecary in France. The building was the idea of one local woman and was mostly sponsored by another, and it served as a hospital for the poor until about 1968. There were two large...More