The almshouse or the hospice had already existed in Motovun in the Middle Ages, with a physician and a pharmacist operating in the town as early as 1331. It is not known whether the physician operated from the hospice. However, there is evidence that the hospice, reconstructed in 1622, was administered by a physician who, together with a surgeon, was paid by the town. In general, the users of the hospice, the homeless, would beg around the town and the surroundings, using the hospice to spend the night and prepare food they had begged.