16th-century The Antwerp Beguinage or Begijnhof was a medieval housing complex for
women who devoted themselves to prayer and charitable works, but did not
care for the constrains of a convent.
The “nuns” no longer live here anymore, but the atmosphere is still very particular.
Most Flemish towns have them. All the Begijnhofs in Belgium have been automatically put on the list World Heritage List - funny enough the World Heritage List doesn’t mention this one.
This simple and secluded community of whitewashed houses grouped around cobbled courtyards and a beautiful inner garden.
It is seldom visited by tourists - Maybe because it’s easy to miss - you’ll have to look for it in the student’s area.
Originally, it was out side the city center. But as the city expanded, it became surrounded by buildings and today most people (even Antwerpians) don’t know of its existence.
It is in a small alley - just around the corner from where you can hear the students ‘studying’. The Begijnhof is concealed by a brick wall - The entrance is at Rodestraat 39. Once you enter you immediately you’ll find your self in an oasis of silence. This Begijnhof goes back to 1234. Most of the current buildings are built in the 16th century though.
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