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‘Kortrijk - Inside the Beguinage - 2’

More photos of the Kortrijk Beguinage.
It is not large but has countless picturesque views.

Perhaps I should emphasize that beguines are not nuns and that though they lived in semi-monastic communities they did not take formal religious vows.
They were often active in care, domestic work, textiles, education, etc.

Beguines were part of a larger spiritual revival movement of the 13th century that emphasized voluntary poverty, care for the poor and sick, and religious devotion.

The Beguinage in Kortrijk was founded in 1238.
Beguinages 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.
In Flanders there are 26 beguinages, of which 13 are included in the list of monuments of the World Heritage.



During my visit to Kortrijk, I noticed that in many places in town colourful artificial birds were set up above the heads (usually on lanterns and poles at bus stops). An unknown artist would be responsible for this.
Such artificial birds can also be found in the beguinage.
In the three photos in the series of today you will see one each time. Perhaps after some searching.

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  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6313 W: 22 N: 14881] (59017)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2021-09-07
  • Exposure: 1/21 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2021-09-14 1:50
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