Named after St. Elizabeth of Hungary - a "gasthuis" in this case is a hospital, at least that was its function although quite evidently it means "guest house". The date on the gateway is a little odd, as this site was given to the hospital in 1581, and the hospital had already existed elsewhere in Haarlem from at least 1408. The Roman numerals, referring, if I remember such things correctly, to 1767, dates the erection of this gateway and the motto means "Bodily burdens, spiritual healing".
According to Wikipedia, "Today the former main building on the Gasthuisvest serves as a local cultural center for music, dancing and fitness lessons. The former wings have been mostly converted to apartments, though two museums reside in the early 19th century wing on the Groot Heiligland, the Historisch Museum Haarlem and the ABC Architectuurcentrum Haarlem."
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