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Three weeks ago I was in Bruges, then we got a lot snow in Belgium and also Flanders, I took these picture during the afternoon during a stroll through this Beguinage.


A wonderful and peaceful place for a good stroll and also for photographers.
Every year come here thousands of visitors, toward these peacefully place where a lot peoples out of Japan and other parts of the world
Just behind the Minnewater lies the Beguinage 'De Wijngaard' (= the Vineyard). It is one of those typical areas in Bruges where one can find more peace and quiet than in the sometimes busy and overcrowded streets of the town center. The Beguinage is a group of houses around a little garden covered with large poplar trees. It was here that during the last seven centuries lived the beguines of Bruges. In 1937 the beguinage became a monastery for the Benedictine sisters who still live here now.
The Beguinage of Bruges was founded in 1245 by the Countess of Flanders, Margaretha of Constantinopel, daughter of Count Baldwin who conquered Constantinopel (now Istambul) during the crusades. In 1299, Philip the beautiful of France, placed the Beguinage under his own rule, thereby withdrawing it from the influence of the town magistrate.Visitors enter the place via a bridge over the canal. The entrance gate bears the date 1776. A lot of houses, however, are much older than that. Most date from the 17th and 18th century. Some houses were built in the 19th century in neo-gothic style. In the southern part is a little dead end street where still some houses of the 15th-16th century can be found. The largest and most impressive house is situated in the left corner behind the garden. It was here that the 'grootjuffrouw', or 'grand-dame' lived. It was she who ruled over the beguinage. The original church of the 13th century was destroyed by a fire in 1584. It was rebuild in 1609 and later again renovated in late baroque style.
I hope you enjoy.



Canon EOS 5D
Shooting Date/Time
22/12/2009 15:37:39
Tv(Shutter Speed)
1/250Sec.
Av(Aperture Value)
F15
ISO Speed
400
Lens
EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM
Focal Length
20,0 mm
Image size
4368 x 2912
Image Quality
RAW
Picture Style
Landscape

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