Zwanenbroedershuis

Zwanenbroedershuis

The Zwanenbroedershuis is the domicile of the Illustre Lieve Vrouwe Broederschap [Illustrious Brotherhood of Our Blessed Lady] that was founded in 1318 and has its base in 's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. The gorgeous, Neo-Gothic home the brotherhood currently occupies was built in 1847 and stands where the organisation has been based since 1483. Prominent members of the brotherhood during the 15th and 16th centuries included Jheronimus Bosch and William of Orange.

   

The originally Roman Catholic brotherhood has been ecumenical since 1642. A…

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The Zwanenbroedershuis is the domicile of the Illustre Lieve Vrouwe Broederschap [Illustrious Brotherhood of Our Blessed Lady] that was founded in 1318 and has its base in 's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. The gorgeous, Neo-Gothic home the brotherhood currently occupies was built in 1847 and stands where the organisation has been based since 1483. Prominent members of the brotherhood during the 15th and 16th centuries included Jheronimus Bosch and William of Orange.

   

The originally Roman Catholic brotherhood has been ecumenical since 1642. After the taking of 's-Hertogenbosch in 1629 by Frederik Hendrik, the city's protestant governor requested admission to the brotherhood in 1641. New statutes were drawn up that determined that the brotherhood would, in future, consist of 18 members (brothers) in the Roman Catholic and 18 members in the Reformed line. Nowadays, alongside these 36 the brotherhood also has some 40 Roman Catholic and 40 Protestant members. Several Dutch royals are also members. They bear the title Koninklijke Zwanenbroeder [Royal Zwanen Brother]. The brotherhood cares for its centuries-old material and immaterial cultural heritage, promotes Christian unity and brotherly ties. It still practices charity, for instance sponsoring a hospice.

The Zwanenbroedershuis is more than worth a visit. View the beautiful, cultural-historically important art collection that features, among other things, a series of unique music books from the 15th and 16th centuries!

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