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Siena’s Santa Maria della Scala was one of Europe’s first hospitals. It remained in operation for almost 1,000 years, until the entire complex began conversion into a museum in 1995. Today, visitors can view the chapels, archeological exhibits, and a children’s museum—roughly half the complex, with more being restored every year. 

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Santa Maria della Scala, Siena

Siena’s Santa Maria della Scala was one of Europe’s first hospitals. It remained in operation for almost 1,000 years, until the entire complex began conversion into a museum in 1995. Today, visitors can view the chapels, archeological exhibits, and a children’s museum—roughly half the complex, with more being restored every year.