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photoblog image Haarlem - St. Elizabeth's Hospital

Haarlem - St. Elizabeth's Hospital

 

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."

Haarlem - St. Elizabeth's Hospital

 

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."

comments (9)

This is great. It's in excellent condition also. Nice one!
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Rob.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 20 Dec 2018, 02:25
very intriguing story behind this one
Tom Wilson: A very old foundation.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 20 Dec 2018, 06:58
The frieze at the top is an absolute delight Tom
Tom Wilson: Isn't it!?
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 20 Dec 2018, 08:44
This is terrific Tom, and so good that they maintain it.
Tom Wilson: Yes, obviously beautifully restored at some point.
You've found yourself a very fine gable stone in the process of capturing this image, Tom!
Tom Wilson: Yes, it tells as story, doesn't it?
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 Dec 2018, 11:57
A very fine 'gebouw' with the 'gable stone' - Some hospitals were called after St. Elisabeth- I myself have been born in a St. Elisabeth hospitel, too - thank your for your precise information.
Tom Wilson: Ah, I was born at home in a railwayman's cottage smile
I can't imagine how wonderful it would be, Tom, to live in an apartment in one of the wings of a historic building of this age.
Tom Wilson: That would be quite something, wouldn't it?!
It is a beautiful gateway, especially the part across the top.
Tom Wilson: It is indeed.
A fine potted history to this rather delightful entrance Tom

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