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. Its nickname originates from the tradition that members used to have a meal consisting of swan. The civilians who provided the brotherhood with this swan, where called the 'zwaanbroeders' [swan brothers]. To thank them, they received the title of Honorary Member.
Prominent members of the brotherhood during the 15th and 16th centuries included Jheronimus Bosch and William of Orange. 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!Visit the Zwanenbroedershuis