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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  • Beautiful square of houses around green courtyard requesting silence which generates a beautiful tranquility rarely found within modern cities. A definite must to chill out when being a tourist or jus...  more »
  • The enclosure of nuns is dreamed of, a beautiful venue, where reigns the silence and tranquility, surrounded by canals, swans and ducks.
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  • On a Saturday afternoon in the ijskou here. Very busy but despite that printed a nice idea of the Beguinage. As in many cities is this near a church. Beautiful square that was covered with snow and daffodils.
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  • An amazing Begijnhof, spiritual place but so many tourists, in spring full of narcisses
  • Away from people with fresh and greenery is always a good choice ;)
  • Peaceful and tranquil setting, needs to be appreciated accordingly. Best to visit strategically when it's empty of guided tours and crowds.
  • Interesting landmark with a great story behind. Recommend to get a good guide to lead you through it.
  • Beautiful area to wonder even on a raining day!
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