The First Hospital for the Mentally Ailing in Europe?


In Valencia there’s a road known as Calle Hospital, though there isn’t one (a hospital I imply) and from there you may see a pile of ruins surrounding the general public library and the MUVIM Museum.

The ruins correspond to the medieval hospital based by Joan Gilabert Jofré (1364–1417), Padre Jofré, who’s credited with founding the primary psychiatric care establishment in Europe.

Gilabert joined the Order of Mercy in 1370 and entered the Monastery of El Puig. In the present day, a nook of the monastery church is reserved for his tomb and a portray that explains his story and his significance.

On 24 February 1409, so the story goes, on his technique to the Cathedral in Valencia to evangelise noticed younger males attacking a madman. After rescuing him and taking him again to his convent, he preached a sermon in favour of making a charitable establishment to take care of the mentally unwell, inspiring a gaggle of 11 Valencians to fund this concept.

Backed by papal authority and King Martin of Aragon, Pare Jofré based what was the world’s first hospital for the mentally unwell, the Hospital dels Ignocens or Hospital of the Holy Innocents, often known as the Hospital dels Folls, or Hospital of the Mad.

In the present day the monastery homes a printing museum, and should you stroll across the again yow will discover one other statue devoted to Pare Jofre.


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