In times of plague, patients who entered the Hôtel-Dieu hospital in Marseilles, France, rarely emerged alive. Modern-day visitors may be reluctant to emerge at all - it’s a five-star hotel. Other former lazarettos in Europe attract visitors too. Photo: Peter Neville-Hadley
In times of plague, patients who entered the Hôtel-Dieu hospital in Marseilles, France, rarely emerged alive. Modern-day visitors may be reluctant to emerge at all - it’s a five-star hotel. Other former lazarettos in Europe attract visitors too. Photo: Peter Neville-Hadley

From Venice, pioneer of quarantine against disease, to Seville and Marseilles, former isolation hospitals – lazarettos – to visit and even stay in

  • Venice built the world’s first isolation hospital, in 1423, and another, on the tiny island of Lazzaretto Nuovo; is now a museum
  • A former isolation hospital in Seville, Spain, houses a regional parliament, while one, in Marseilles, France, has been turned into a five-star hotel

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In times of plague, patients who entered the Hôtel-Dieu hospital in Marseilles, France, rarely emerged alive. Modern-day visitors may be reluctant to emerge at all - it’s a five-star hotel. Other former lazarettos in Europe attract visitors too. Photo: Peter Neville-Hadley
In times of plague, patients who entered the Hôtel-Dieu hospital in Marseilles, France, rarely emerged alive. Modern-day visitors may be reluctant to emerge at all - it’s a five-star hotel. Other former lazarettos in Europe attract visitors too. Photo: Peter Neville-Hadley
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