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Begijnhof

Begijnhof

9.65 reviews
Sights and Museums, Religious Center
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Rodestraat 29-43, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium
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The Béguines were religious women who dedicated themselves to God without joining convents. Instead, they built béguinages, enclosed housing communities that allowed them to interact with each other ... Read more
and indulge in their spiritual practices without totally withdrawing from the world. The communities in Antwerp are notable for their beautiful design and surprisingly intact nature. UNESCO designated the complexes a World Heritage Site in 1998.

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Chicago, Illinois, USA

Wow! An original intentional community. The Beguines built little complexes that were like semi-public convents where they could be together but didn't have to totally wall themselves off. This is a cool place to walk around, contemplate what that life must have been like...

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Local from Antwerpen, Belgium

This small beguinage is close to the city center, and close to some very busy roads. But inside it is peaceful and silent. Stroll around on the hobbled 'roads', and just look around.

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Doncaster, UK

Fantastic architecture and loads of restaurants that serve until well beyond midnight. Really good atmosphere, especially on a warm summer's evening.

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Beringen, Belgium
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