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St. Eloy's Hospice

Europe is one of the five inhabited traditional continents of the Earth. Physically and geologically, Europe is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, west of Asia. Europe is bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, and to the southeast by the waterways adjoining the Mediterranean to and including the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. On the east, Europe is divided from Asia by the water divide of the Ural Mountains and by the Caspian Sea. Europe is the world's second-smallest continent in terms of area and third-largest continent after Asia and Africa in population.
St. Eloy's Hospice is a Guild House in Utrecht in the Netherlands. Between the Dom tower and the Mariaplaats in Utrecht in the Netherlands you will find a unique house that bears the name St. Eloyen Gasthuis. The house has been occupied by the Smedengilde  since 1440. According to documents preserved the guild exists since 1304, but most probably is even much older. The house can be visited free of charge on the second Saturday of September. The fraternity is private nowadays.
Associations of craftsmen and tradesmen, called guilds, were founded as early as in the 11th century in the Netherlands, Northern France and England. The blacksmith guild of Utrecht included the regular blacksmiths, the gold and silver smiths, the needle makers, the locksmiths, the weapon smiths. These guilds were formed to provide their members with a decent standard of living by controlling competition and on the other hand controlling the quality of the products as well. Imagine, the city of Amsterdam didn’t even exist in those days. Maybe the most important fact in the guilds history in Utrecht was the so-called battle of the golden spurs in 1302, where the French noblemen and their army were beaten by an army of farmers and tradesmen.

The picturesque scenery, the majesty of nature, the slow pace of life, and the welcoming nature of its people all combine to make this region one of the most important tourist attractions in Europe.

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