Beguinage (Begijnhof), Bruges

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Enjoy the tranquillity of Beguinage (Begijnhof), a religious community seemingly frozen in time. This particular beguinage was founded in 1245 and housed the beguines of Bruges up until 1937. Today, the community is a monastery for Benedictine nuns. At a time when official religious institutions distrusted the new religious orders coming into being, a beguine was a safe community where female followers lived together, much like nuns but without the strict vows. Take a quiet stroll through the streets past rows of identical white homes. Wander to the southern end, where some of the houses date back to the 15th and 16th centuries. In the left corner behind the garden, you'll find the largest house, which would have housed the grand dame. Work out when and for how long to visit Beguinage (Begijnhof) and other Bruges attractions using our handy Bruges trip builder.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Just a moment of rest and away from the mass tourists? Then you just go/run through it, though there are always people who don't (want to) see ' silence ' signs. Also nice place for a nice picture. If you have no interest in the history of these buildings is a fun photo spot.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Beautiful facility, a place of rest. You can enjoy here really, everything is nicely maintained and looks great. We looked at also the small chapel. Admission is free, is really worth.
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  • August 15, 2017
    The place is provided simply for walking relaxed by bridges, to the rhythm of nature. It is definitely a good option during your visit to Bruges
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  • June 29, 2017
    Pleasant place to visit in lovely surroundings. Good history and not too far to walk from the city centre.
  • May 30, 2017
    Wonderful old beguinage, one of the most famous in the Flanders. A magic atmosphere, especially in the hours when there are less tourists.
  • January 28, 2017
    Very cool place, history and great food. A must see. Me and my wife loved it very romantic too.
  • August 5, 2016
    Serene grounds and interesting rooms showing past lifestyle. The inner courtyard is very peaceful, with a grove of tall trees gently murmuring in the wind. You can sit on one of the benches and relax, and imagine life as one of the women in what was basically a religious work commune. For a fairly reasonable €4 you can see a selection of rooms (kitchen, living room, bedroom, walled garden) which are almost as if they were left untouched for 150 years. The grounds also contain a church but it's quite a boring one, sorry. The entrance and exit give views from a bridge, and onto the Minnewater lake, lots of photo opportunities with swans!
  • November 9, 2016
    The museum is small but good. But the surroundings are really nice and photogenic

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