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The hospital was founded by Prince Bishop Julius Echter von Mespelbrunn in 1576. The original renaissance buildings were destroyed by a fire in 1699 and had to be replaced. The new central wing, the so-called Fürstenbau, was designed by architect Antonio Petrini. The front wing along the street was added around 1790. It is the counterpart ion the bishop?s side to the much older Bürgerspital, a foundation by citizens of the town. The hospital took care of the sick and injured and also accommodated needy people and orphaned children.
Like all those early hospital foundations, Juliusspital was equipped with a property of real estate which was to provide sufficient financial resources to maintain the hospital. Among the land there were vineyards in the best locations all over Franconia. Some of the land was rented out but the vineyards stayed with the hospital?s own winery that still cultivates them to this very day. Juliusspital is currently ranked the best winery in town and rated (DLG ranking for 2010) among the 100 best wineries in the whole country.
Nowadays the central and western wings still serve as hospital, the western wing being a modern post-war building. The eastern side wing, however, contain the winery with tasting room and shop and a wine restaurant.
The backyard behind Fürstenbau is worth a look. It is a pretty garden with baroque sculptures. The statues on the fountain in the middle of the garden impersonate the rivers of Franconia. On the right there is a small yellow baroque pavilion, the Old Anatomy (around 1710), that served for university lectures.
A statue of the founder, Prince Bishop Julius, has been placed in the street crossing of Promenade and Schönbornstraße in front of the hospital in the mid 19th century.
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