The Heiligen-Geist-Hospital, completed in 1286, is a high-ranking example of north German brick Gothic and one of Lübeck's most important buildings. At the same time, it is one of the oldest social services in Europe. From time immemorial, old and sick people have been cared for there, a use that has been preserved to this day in the affiliated nursing home.A visit to the Holy Spirit Hospital is worth seeing for older children, especially the cabin cottages are popular because of their uniqueness.
The church and part of the Long House are wheelchair accessible at ground level.
Tip: In the gothic cellar vault of the plant two restaurants offer the possibility to enjoy the very special atmosphere with food and drink.
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April 3, 2019
The wealth and piety of the citizens in the medieval trading city of Lübeck not only led to the construction of five large churches and the founding of monasteries. In addition, the Lübeck merchants also created a large number of charitable institutions. At its head is the Holy Spirit Hospital, founded by wealthy citizens, which was completed in 1286.The hospital is one of the oldest social services in Europe. It is also one of the most important monuments of the Middle Ages.The hospital was able to accommodate 100 sick people, later extensions increased this number. Initially, it was used for nursing, then as a retirement home. The open-top, wooden chambers in the large hall, the nave, were built in the early 19th century. In the process, the arrangement of the beds, which had previously been freestanding in four rows, was maintained. The 170 places of the nursing home were always in demand. Even the last inhabitants left their chambers in 1970, called in Luebeck "Kabäusterchen", only resigning.With financial support from state and federal government in the years from 1973 to 1976 in the Holy Ghost Hospital for about 7.67 million Mark a modern retirement home with 85 beds in 81 single and twin rooms furnished and thus the original function of the building from the 13th Century received. In addition, a day care center was created. The chambers of the nave and the church hall are now used regularly for a popular Christmas crafts market and for individual events.Sources and more:
November 8, 2018
Holy Spirit Hospital in Lübeck
One of the oldest middle-class hospital facilities in the Middle Ages, with church, large hospital hall and various outbuildings, consisting of transverse and parallel wings with cloisters around a small courtyard. Built since the 1960s, later expanded and modified several times.
Tue-Sun 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (winter), 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (summer)
closed on Monday
(Source: Information board on the building, as of 08/2019)
February 23, 2020
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