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Interior of the House of the Teutonic Order in 1915 (Hofpoort, Nieuwegracht 7-9) in Utrecht: meeting room.

Teutonic House

Springweg 25

Once upon a time, Hotel Karel V was a 13th-century military hospital that belonged to the Teutonic Order — To this place where you are currently standing, knights, kings and anonymous soldiers have previously returned with stories of bloody adventures.

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In the 12th century, German traders founded a temporary hospital near the battlefield in the Holy Land, now Northern Israel. Thanks to efforts by German priests and knights, this developed into the Teutonic Order, a Christian knighthood that dedicated itself to caring for sick and wounded pilgrims and knights and sent knights to combat zones on the edges of Christian Europe. From all over Europe, the Teutonic Order received donations from rich believers, including the plot of land you are now standing on.

The oldest part of this building dates back to 1348. Only in the 19th century was a wing added to serve as a military hospital. So, from the Napoleonic battlefields up to the Second World War, wounded soldiers have been nursed here.

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