The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, Bruges

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World heritage site · Historic Walking Area · Historic Site
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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  • Very nice and unique place. You can really imagine how that women lived. A short walk to arrive here from the city center. There is a good spot to take a picture in front of the bridge with swans and....  more »
  • It is amazing to visit this enclosed community in the middle of the town. Founded in 1245 for Catholic lay women (the beguines) it is still a Monastery with a church and little houses set around a...  more »
  • Such a mystical place, it takes you to another era!
  • beautiful place, of course a place you have to visit

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