This episode we learn about the Beyart Monastery, another complex of buildings that has lived many interesting lives throughout Maastricht’s history! Listen as we chat about the original Beyart convent, where the ‘Beyart’ name comes from, and other fascinating tidbits.
As usual, here are some amazing pictures of the Beyart to get your imagination going! The first image (top left) is a diagram drawn by the war department and shows the Cell Brothers’ Chapel (A) and the Beyart (B) in the eighteenth century (1737-1787, (c) RHCL).
Skipping forward a century, the second photo (top right) shows the destruction of the Beyart site where only ruins remained for many years (1894, (c) RHCL). Soon after the second photo was taken, construction started on the new Beyart complex seen in the third photograph (centre left; (c) Maastrichts Silhouet). Here, the Brothers of the Beyart taught and lived for a lot of the 20th century. In the fourth photograph (centre right) you can see Brother Guillaume Eberhard with his class ((c) RHCL).
The new complex was impressive, in the fifth photograph (bottom left) you can see the interior of the chapel in 1922 before it was torn down in the 1980s ((c) RHCL).
The final photograph (bottom right) was taken in 2016 and shows part of the modern day Beyart which is used as a nursing home ((c) Google).
If you would like to see more photographs of the Beyart, make sure to check out our YouTube video for this episode!
After doing a poll on social media about episode length (we know we are a chatty bunch), we’ve decided to alternate our episodes between our history focused podcasts and our Ask a Local segment. So if you have a burning question about Maastricht we still want to hear from you! You can contact us through our website or through Facebook or Instagram.