The Info List - Hôpital Saint-Louis

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HôPITAL SAINT-LOUIS is a hospital in Paris
, France
. It is part of the Assistance publique - Hôpitaux de Paris
hospital system, and it is located at 1 avenue Claude-Vellefaux, in the 10th arrondissement near the metro station: Goncourt . Its address is 1 avenue Claude-Vellefaux (previously called rue Claude-Vellefaux), just north of rue Bichat.

It was founded by King Henry IV (1553–1610) (King of France
and Navarre) on May 17, 1607 to decongest the Hôtel-Dieu de Paris
during the plague . He named it St. Louis in memory of Louis IX
Louis IX
, who died of the plague that devastated Tunis
in 1270.

Today, Hôpital Saint-Louis
Hôpital Saint-Louis
uses its historical premises (parts of which are classified as historical monuments) for administrative functions. Following the 1980s new modern additions were made to house the current hospital and teaching hospital . Its primary specialties are dermatology and hematology , as well as oncology . The dermatology library was founded by Dr Henri Feulard . The hospital employs 2,500 people, one thousand of which are in the medical profession. It houses the INSERM Institute of Research on Skin and the René Touraine Foundation.

The south-west entrance to the hospital, located at the instersection of rue Bichat and avenue Richerand, is popularly known as the entrance to the police station in the hit French detective television series, Navarro.


Hôpital Saint-Louis
Hôpital Saint-Louis
was built at the beginning of the 17th century on the orders of King Henry IV of France
, who signed an edict founding the hospital on May 17, 1607. It was initially intended to only serve as a temporary hospital during epidemic to quarantine afflicted Parisians who could be contagious. It was also situated just outside the Wall of Charles V beyond Porte du Temple,. It was constructed in the proximity of the Gibbet of Montfaucon
Gibbet of Montfaucon
, as seen by an engraving of the hospital by Claude Chastillon

Construction was fairly quick, and was carried out using plans by Claude Vellfaux or Claude Chastillon, with work starting on the chapel. On Friday, July 13, 1607, the king laid the first stone, and Antoine Le Mercier lead the construction efforts.


Entrance to the hospital on rue Juliette-Dodu. *

Interior of the chapel.