General introduction Houses of God, hospices, infirmaries and hospitals in Maastricht 12 Hospices for pilgrims, the sick and the poor their visits to the town. In token of her piety and in recompense for certain hardships which the chapter of Sint Servaas had The story goes that as early as the tenth century, the chapter of suffered from her first husband, queen Gerberga donated this Sint Servaas founded a hospice in Maastricht at the request of residence to the chapter for the purpose of the foundation of Gerberga van Saksen, the French queen. Gerberga was the the Sint Servaas hospice. In this way the foundations of the daughter of the Carolingian emperor Hendrick de Vogelaer and oldest hospice in the Netherlands were laid in noble grounds, to widow of Giselbert, duke of Lotharingia and count of Masegouw, say the least. Gerberga destined the hospice as a place where which at the time included Maastricht. After Giselbert’s death, French pilgrims could be accommodated at a time when these she married Louis IV, king of France. Gerberga’s imperial family pilgrims were flocking to Maastricht in huge numbers to visit owned a palts (palace) in Maastricht where sovereigns stayed on the grave and relics of the holy Servaas.
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