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Groot Begijnhof, Leuven

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Wander the completely restored historic district at Groot Begijnhof, now used by the local university as housing and classrooms. Made up of 12 cobbled streets cutting through rows of brick buildings, the area is popular for walking tours that allow you to admire the dormers, gables, and statuary decorating the buildings. A Gothic church is the neighborhood's centerpiece--go inside to see the 14th-century murals revealed during a 1980s restoration project. Keep your camera ready for the views from the many canal bridges that cross the waterways into the district, and to capture images of some of the 300 buildings. Arrange to visit Groot Begijnhof and other attractions in Leuven using our Leuven itinerary maker.
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  • I have not heard about this medievial movement before. Idea od living in a self supporting group in peace and balance is well preserved on the organization od this place. It is geat that it is still l...  more »
  • At a Beguinage I always think of a walled piece of with in the Middle a lawn and sometimes a little chapel and around to back small houses. In this case, knocked the wall but it looked like a village within the city. A small river, beautiful trees, old houses and difficult to walk on streets by the boulders. Quite apart.
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  • A spectacular place in the way of life of centuries ago by the beatariaUn place that cannot be seen, the promenade with good shoes you will love. Its Town Hall Plaza Botanical Garden and Beguinatos
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  • To die for. If you've never been to a "hof" (or beguinage) you'll be spoiled by this one. The Grote Begijnhof feels like a charming little village and reminds me of the colleges in Cambridge. I love it, I hope you will too!
  • Very peaceful location. Very clean and beautiful. Perfect to take a little rest and catch some sun if the weather allows it!
  • Really amazing part of Leuven, it is one of the biggest Begijnhof's in the world, it is a Unesco inheritance, roam through the beautiful cobblestone streets, an admire the ancient buildings, where the nuns and priests used to live, you will find a beautiful Gothic church inside the Begijnhof, small bridges that go over the river De Dijle, lots of old water wells and a water pump, there is an old side which is called the Spanish Quarter, you can go here for a beautiful picnic, I really love this place, it is amazing!
  • Don't skip this if you visit Leuven. Very quiet and atmospheric place to walk. The university owns it and restored it to its former glory. It used to be a beguinage but now foreign students and visiting professors are housed there. It's probably and of the biggest and best preserved beguinages left in the world.
  • Historic, yet peaceful place. Highly recommend it. Usually there are not too many tourists around. Great to slow down your trip a bit.