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Klooster BethaniŽ

In 1914 the Dominican sisters came to the Netherlands from Belgium. Fleeing the war in their own country, they had city architect Jules Kayser design a retreat house (monastery) here.
A home for young ladies, the nuns focused on caring/supporting young women.
During the war, the Germans took possession of the monastery, because it was located within the borders of the Fliegerhorst. The Germans built five more pavilions in the gardens of the monastery, of which only four and five are still intact. Both are now on private land and are not open to the public. The monastery itself was a municipal monument for many years, until the municipality sold it to an investment company. Now migrant workers are housed there.

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  • Text: Herdenken in Venlo
  • Photos: Herdenken in Venlo