Hans Christian Andersen has some connection with Gråbrødre hospital, since his grandmother took care of the garden, his grandfather was admitted as a madman in 1823 and since his mother died from alcoholism in 1833 in the hall under the roof of the almshouse – called “Doctors Boder” (booths of the doctor). Hans Christian Andersen would visit this place and hear stories from the old and poor, and he shivered in fear of the mentally retarded or insane institutionalized in the hospital.