From ancient Pilgrim’s Shelter during the Crusades, to Hospital for the Poor during the Commune period, today it is an important cultural centre together with Chiesa di San Gregorio.
Ospitale San Gregorio is a small building close to the river Livenza, in Via Garibaldi, in Sacile historical centre.
Its origins are recorded in the early city documents. Reliable sources show that in 1199 the borough of San Gregorio already hosted a shelter to accommodate and assist travellers and pilgrims en route to sacred places, supporting them in line with the ethics of religion and charity.
It is located on what was a busy street at the time, which connected the upper and lower borough through the port. Once called Ospitale di Santa Maria della Misericordia, it already existed in 1331 and was first managed by the order of Giovanniti, then by a brotherhood known as Confraternita dei Battuti, and finally by the Community from 1366. It was a well-aired, open building, facing South, and sheltered from Northern winds. In 1461, it was extended and used to accommodate the sick, or “Christ’s poor”. Thanks to the help of many local families, in 1475 it could also count on a surgeon.