Address Hôpital de la marine 17300 Rochefort, France

The hospital of the Navy of Rochefort in Charente-Maritime is a former military hospital dating from the 18th.

Inaugurated in 1788, the former Hôpital de la Marine was a hospital reserved for soldiers, sailors and port workers. In addition to receiving the sick and wounded, the hospital devoted its southwest pavilion to the school of anatomy.

The botanical garden surrounding the hospital was enlarged in 1827, when a thermal spring with therapeutic applications was discovered. The hospital will become for a few years a thermal hospital before the pipe is blocked, abandoning the spring.

At the end of the 19th century, the botanical garden was abandoned, and from 1963 onwards, the teaching of medicine, and then of pharmacy in 1964, was definitively closed. In 1983, the government decided to close the hospital. The south-western pavilion was transformed into a museum, while the south-eastern pavilion was converted into apartments. As for the main building, it has been abandoned for several years, serving as a set for many films and series. In 2018, Rochefort acquired the land for a symbolic euro.

The structure of the building is inspired by the Royal Navy Hospital in Stonehouse. The Rochefort Navy Hospital is the first pavilion hospital in France. It has nine buildings that can house 1200 beds.

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