Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital

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Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital


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Louis XIV's, the Sun King, spirit is embodied in this general hospital as a testament to his reign, founded by him during the late 17th Century. Its name was adopted from the Petit Arsenal a gunpowder (saltpeter) arsenal on the opposite side of the Seine. For this reason the hospital would come to be known as La Salpêtrière. Over the years, patients with mental illness, Tourette syndrome, and the occasional bad seed were housed. A visit to this landmark is an eerie journey into history.

Location:  47 boulevard Hôpital