Just a stone's throw from Canal Saint-Martin is this 17th century hospital,
built when the outbreak of plagues threatened the city, overwhelming the main hospital.
"Contained within a square court and enclosed by a wall with four corner pavilions, the brick and stone cloister-like construction was intended to keep personnel in and to thus confine the contagion, isolating illness pavilion by pavilion." (Five Hundred Buildings of Paris, Kathy Borrus)
It functions today as part of the
Assistance publique - Hôpitaux de Paris hospital system.
40, rue Bichat between rue de la Grange-aux-Belles, rue Juliette-Dodu,
rue Alibert, and avenue Claude Vellefaux