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Skt.- Jørgensgård
close to Stubbekøbing has been a hospital for lepers for whole Falster

In 1994 the parking lot at the Stubbekøbing Hallen was going to be asphalted. The team of the municipality found an unknown pavement of big granite boulders and several skeleton graves.

Falsters Minde at that time (the present Museum Lolland-Falster) did thus make an emergency excavation of the damaged graves from the Middle Ages and checked the parts of a foundation to a chapel.


The excavation
Towards north the checked area was limited by a burial to a transmission line along Gl. Landevej. Towards west by the Stubbekøbing Hallen. Towards south of the stadium.

Towards east a small hollow in the terrain with a now pipelined river builds a natural topographic limit. The skeletons in the eastern lying graves are not checked, but are preserved under the present parking lot.

The skeletons
A total of skeleton material from 60 subjects was brought home. Just the area of the parking lot is estimated to have contained at least 100 burials. Before the skeletons were taken up, the examples of the deformed bones and the whole skeleton were photographed and described. A single skeleton was drawn on the place.

The chapel
The chapel has been founded on a foundation stone. Part of the foundation is nowadays preserved under the parking lot at the Stubbekøbing Hallen. The building is nowadays marked in the asphalt. The chapel was torn down no later than in the 17th century. It has apparently had tile roof and tile clinkers on the floor, whereas the walls have been build of tile with mortar. Just the corresponding materials which the late Gothic Skt. Anna chapel at Stubbekøbing Church is build of.

After the original breakdown and demolition of chapel and churchyard in the renaissance, the area was used as farm land, until the terrain was planed to the local popular place of entertainment “Casino” at the beginning of the 20th century.

The churchyard and the chapel have from a culture historic angle been interpreted as Stubbekøbing Sankt Jørgensgård based on the deformed skeletons and the position of the churchyard.

The Skt. Jørgensgårde were founded at the approach roads of the towns, generally close to streams.