The name means “God’s house”. According to the Benedictine Rule nuns were to support the poor and indigent.
Founded in 1241 by Marguerite de Sargines Abbess it started as a general institution catering for the poor and sick, offering food and shelter in addition to medical care. It is originally provided with a chapel, an infirmary, a dormitory and a kitchen. King Louis IX, the future St Louis, supports this work by donating to the hospice a piece of land and a forest, still known as “Ardennes Saint Louis”.