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Hospice Comtesse Museum

Flemish tapestries

Countess of Flanders
of the few surviving reminders of the Counts of Flanders, this building was once the 'Hospice Comtesse' - a hospital founded in 1237 by the Countess of Flanders, Jeanne de Constantinople.

One of the oldest buildings in Lille's characterful Old Town, you enter it through a stone archway like a medieval Oxford college. Walking into the former "salle des malades", you can still feel its centuries-old role as a haven of peace for the sick. Around you is displayed a collection of Flemish art.

Nuns' bedroom
On the first floor, the former nuns' bedroom forms the gallery where superb paintings of the period from the 15th to the 18th century (Flemish, Dutch and northern French masterpieces) are on display to the public.

Hospice Flemish kitchen Rue de la Monnaie, Old Lille
The old Flemish-tiled kitchens of the Hospice. Outside in the rue de la Monnaie, in the heart of Old Lille

You can also see the tapestries of Guillaume Werniers, the paintings of the Watteau brothers, and the museum's classic Flemish works:
"Jesus at the House of Martha and Mary" (Quellin and Fyt),
"Traditional Festival in Antwerp" and "Procession in Antwerp" (Van Bredael),
"Interior" (Vrel) .. and "Still Life with Oysters" (Van Es)

The Hospice has a fine collection of Lille gold, silver and earthenware objects.

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Location: 32 Rue de la Monnaie
59800 LILLE.
Lille Flandres Railway Station (SNCF) is 15 minutes' walk away.
'Rihour' Station on Lille's convenient new
metro system is 10 minutes' walk away.
Urban bus routes 3, 6, and 9 pass right by.
Information/ reservations:
Tel: 00 33 3 28 36 84 00

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