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. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Bruges holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Beguinage (Begijnhof) and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • What a beautiful setting for a religeous area. The canal on the edge with the swans well worth making sure you do not miss this.  more »
  • The Begin association is a community of independent support for women who have been made all over Belgium. The Beggin of Bruges was founded in 1245. It is often written as "Beginkai monastery", but it is not a monastery. It is now being used as a residence for the sister of the Benedictine monastery. The white building that looks ahead of the lined trees made me feel purity.
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  • Quiet walk through a very old Beguinage that is now inhabited by Benedictine nuns. Beautiful chapel and grounds, near canals and Minnewater Park.  more »
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