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Left below: Elisabeth Strouven. Photography according to a painted portrait of the founder of ‘Calvariënberg’. | RHCL GAM F18358 Left below: Frontispiece of the autobiography of Elisabeth Strouven, 1722. | RHCL Archive B.I.W.M. documentation Strouven Above: Plan of the convent of Calvariënberg. | RHCL Kaarten van Geusau 2 Below: Convent Calvariënberg in 1796. Drawing Ph. Van Gulpen. | RHCL THA collection LGOG album Van Gulpen 1 77 A merger with the sisters of the Sint Annadal convent in the Sint Jacobstraat in 1670 led to the permanent return to Maastricht of the community of Calvariënberg. On the corner of the Calvariestraat and the Abtstraat an enclosed convent was built, a closed and self-suffi cient convent. The sisters occupied the fi rst fl oor of the building and the rooms on the ground fl oor were used for the brewery, bakery and stables. In the wing in convent as hospital to an end. In 1822, after the French period, a the Calvariestraat the kitchen and the infi rmary were civilian hospital was built adjoining the old convent under the established. Of the 33 sisters, seven cared for the sick and responsibility of the precursor of the Burgerlijk Armbestuur in lived over the infi rmary. These outside sisters wore the white the Abtstraat. During the 25 years between the dissolution of the robes of the beguines. convent and the opening of the new hospital sick people had The conquest of Maastricht by the French army under been accommodated in the old buildings of the cell brothers in Klébèr in 1794 and the annexation by France a year later the Brusselsestraat. During those years infi rm people had been heralded the end of Calvariënberg and of the two chapters and housed in the former Sint Servaas hospice in the Vrijthof. the other monasteries. A letter of protest sent by Mother Superior Voncken and her 22 sisters was unable to prevent this. Their forced departure from the convent brought the role of the


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