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The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, Bruges

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Enjoy the tranquillity of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, 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 The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • The sense of tranquility that envelopes me as I entered the Begijnhof was indescribable. Perhaps it’s the spacious yard planted with haunting trees or the white-painted houses surrounding it or the... 
    The sense of tranquility that envelopes me as I entered the Begijnhof was indescribable. Perhaps it’s the spacious yard planted with haunting trees or the white-painted houses surrounding it or the...  more »
  • Peaceful and calm compound located a short walk from the train station into town. Looks like not much has changed from the 13th century to modern times. 
    Peaceful and calm compound located a short walk from the train station into town. Looks like not much has changed from the 13th century to modern times.  more »
  • Begijnhof is a 13th-century convent situated just west of the canal at the northern end of Minnewater. This peaceful compound was constructed and used for centuries as for women associated with the... 
    Begijnhof is a 13th-century convent situated just west of the canal at the northern end of Minnewater. This peaceful compound was constructed and used for centuries as for women associated with the...  more »
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  • Beautiful place in Bruge. There were quite a lot of tours taking place when we visited, and it was quite busy. We saw one nun while here, but respected their privacy and did not take photos. In all, a nice serene visit.
  • Not much to do here exactly, but it was probably the most picturesque place I visited in Brugge. It was a bit more low-key than the other massive cathedrals etc, but I really liked just walking through the courtyard and quietly viewing the less ostentatious church.
  • Really pretty inner garden that withstood the passing of times. There were practicing old nuns in the small church which were really friendly and some were startled by our dog. Our dog was welcome on the leash, but don't let him do his business in the garden out of respect. It also has a small lithurgical shop with statues, pendants, bibles and etc.
  • Very nice place it has a lot of history hidden there. The atmosphere is nice and you can feel safe. It is better to go with a local guide to hear the explanations. In there there is a small shop with very nice things you can buy an it is not so expensive. Totally recommended to understand why the name of the city in Spanish is so different as it is in other languages.
  • Beautiful and quiet. It's a very old convent with gorgeous buildings and a tranquil garden. Surrounded with a little park and canals, it's very beautiful. Great stop for a quiet break or little stroll.

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