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66 31 Hospices in the neighbourhood. AMaastricht has had other hospices over the to pay the costs of providing housing and food from revenuesmany years. A condition for receiving care was that peoplecould not turn to relatives for support. The hospices were ablepart from ancient hospices attached to the chapterchurches of Sint Servaas and Onze Lieve Vrouw, centuries. They were all inspired by Jesus Christ’s highest from the land they owned, from bequests and from income command: ‘Love thy Neighbour’. Jesus recommended seven from foundations (fondsen) established to serve good causes. works of charity: feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, Hospices that depended on a pious foundation specialised in clothe the naked, receive the stranger, tend the sick, visit those the care of a certain category. An example in point, dating from in prison and bury the dead. These works, which promoted 1476, is the hospice for single old men in De Belk, later the entrance to heaven, were only too well known to people in the Twaalf Apostelenhuis in the Bogaardenstraat. Another example middle ages and during the ancient regime, and they were is the Sint Gillishospitaal for single old women on the pleased to make use of them. Hoogbrugstraat and the Sint-Martinushofje on the Grote Until the French period, social services to the poor, Looiersstraat which was established in 1715. Another example orphans, elderly people without relatives and the sick and is the Sint-Jacob hospice on the corner of the Vrijthof and the disabled were first and foremost the responsibility of churches Sint Jacobsstraat, which for centuries accommodated and convents. Thus people from every category were taken in exclusively pilgrims who were on their way to or from Santiago by the hospices, which were usually attached to a monastery. de Compostela. Sometimes they were given a meal, in other cases, like those of The hospices were spread across the town and soon orphans and elderly people without relatives, it was customary took on a community function. Some, which had a chapel or to take them into the hospice where they were looked after for little church, were the centre of a ‘kerspel’ or quarter. For a


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