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Marcelis Goverts Gasthuis is a home for the aged at Leeuwarden, Dutch province of Friesland, founded for the benefit of the poor members of the Waterlander congregation in 1669 by Marcelis Goverts (d. 1669). Goverts, married to Mayke Markus (d. 1664), was a member of the Leeuwarden city council and its city architect. For this reason there is some doubt whether he was a Mennonite, since at this time the Mennonites did not hold magisterial offices; but Goverts may have been an exception. The Gasthuis, located on the Stadsgracht (now Oostergrachtswal), was completely remodeled in 1766, the Leeuwarden congregation having received a large legacy from Dirk Zeper for this purpose. In 1877 a new home with the same name was built on the Noordsingel.


Leeuwarder Gemeenteblad (December 1933)

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Marcelis Goverts Gasthuis (Leeuwarden, Friesland, Netherlands)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 25 Oct 2016.,_Friesland,_Netherlands)&oldid=58240.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1957). Marcelis Goverts Gasthuis (Leeuwarden, Friesland, Netherlands). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 October 2016, from,_Friesland,_Netherlands)&oldid=58240.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 477. All rights reserved.

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