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Leuven - In the silence of the beguinage

The Great Beguinage (Groot Begijnhof) of Leuven looks like a town in the city.
It’s a succession of streets, squares, gardens and parks, with dozens of houses and convents in traditional brick and sandstone style.

This beguinage was restored between 1964 and 1989 by the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) that owns the site since 1962.

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Information from: http://www.leuven.be

Wikipedia states about the beguinages:

A beguinage is a collection of small buildings used by Beguines. These were various lay sisterhoods of the Roman Catholic Church who sought to serve God without retiring from the world.

A beguinage comprises a courtyard surrounded by small dwellings. It is often encircled by a wall and secluded from the town proper by one or two gates.

The first beguinages were set up in the 12th century in Liège, Belgium.
They are to be found in an area roughly corresponding with present-day Northern and North-Eastern France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Western and North-Western Germany.

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