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Groot Begijnhof, Leuven

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web
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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  • At first, it was a closed community for single women. He currently works as a student residence for students of the College. A super clean and Pacific place. Recommend a visit.
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  • I was guided by some friends who knew the city and surprised me. It is a very quiet space, streets and silent houses that you relax on your way through there. Worth going to meet him and is very close to the Centre of the city.
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  • Truly beautiful Court, also quite a great location where you can wander around. Really worth it.
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  • Historic, yet peaceful place. Highly recommend it. Usually there are not too many tourists around. Great to slow down your trip a bit.
  • 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.
  • One of the famous beguinages found in this area. Many of the houses are now used for KU Leuven students and staff.
  • You can't leave Leuven if you haven't visit this site. Great buildings, fully restored, no car trafic what so ever.
  • This is one of about a dozen similar sites across the region that make up a World Heritage Site. It may look from the outside like it's private but you're welcome to go in and have a walk around. It's got a beautiful design and the way everything is arranged makes it feel lovely and peaceful. You don't need to spend too long here but it's worth checking out if you're already in Leuven.
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