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The Sint Martinushofje, a garden surrounded by 18 th century houses, was build to accommodate the towns poor elderly women, who couldn?t support themselves. The Martinushofje is situated in the Grote looijersstraat, a street that has many big imposing houses, that ? in those days - belonged to the wealthy owners of the towns tan-yard. That?s why the street is called looijersstaat (tanner street). When you enter the gate of the Martinushofje, you can see a stone tablet at the top of it, depicting St. Martinus, who - as you may know- shared his coat with a begger. This act of charity symbolizes the charity received by the poor elderly women. The text underneath the picture says ?MartInI pUra LiberalItate ConDItUR,? which means something like ?fouded by the generous Martinus.? The capital letters together form the year 1715, the year in which these small houses were build

Address: Grote Looijersstraat 27
Directions: Jekerkwartier

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  • Written Dec 14, 2002
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