Pomegranate Pharmacy History Collection

Brothers Hospitallers of Saint John of God, an order founded by Saint John, the protector of the poor sick and the fallen, settled in Oradea in 1760. The chapel dedicated to the Holy Guardian Angels was built on the site of the Misery monastery and hospital in 1753, and its elliptical dome makes it one of the peculiarities of Hungarian architecture. A two-level convent perpendicular to the church was built in 1763. The hospital, havign back only one level, was built in 1766 parallel to the street line. The ceremonial opening of the hospital took place on August 30, 1767, on the Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels.

The order’s pharmacy initially consisted of two rooms, the officina and the apothecary’s cell, and provided exclusively for the hospital. It was later expanded with a kitchen, i.e. a laboratory, an aquarium (a cellar room for storing wet materials), a material chamber located on the first floor, and a herbarium in the attic.

The pharmacy’s modern, classicized furniture was probably manufactured by the order’s carpenter, Christianus Heinricher, at the end of the 18th century. The baroque wall clock of the officina dates from 1768, a donation from the Viennese convent.

Brothers Hospitallers of Saint John of God, an order founded by Saint John, the protector of the poor sick and the fallen, settled in Oradea in 1760. The chapel dedicated to the Holy Guardian Angels was built on the site of the Misery monastery and hospital in 1753, and its elliptical dome makes it one of the peculiarities of Hungarian architecture. A two-level convent perpendicular to the church was built in 1763. The hospital, havign back only one level, was built in 1766 parallel to the street line. The ceremonial opening of the hospital took place on August 30, 1767, on the Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels.

The order’s pharmacy initially consisted of two rooms, the officina and the apothecary’s cell, and provided exclusively for the hospital. It was later expanded with a kitchen, i.e. a laboratory, an aquarium (a cellar room for storing wet materials), a material chamber located on the first floor, and a herbarium in the attic.

The pharmacy’s modern, classicized furniture was probably manufactured by the order’s carpenter, Christianus Heinricher, at the end of the 18th century. The baroque wall clock of the officina dates from 1768, a donation from the Viennese convent.

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