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Beguinage (Begijnhof)

One of the most famous and best preserved of Belgium’s UNESCO World Heritage listed Beguinages, Bruges’ Beguinage (Begijnhof) or ‘Ter Weyngaerde’, is one of the town’s most visited attractions, offering a unique glimpse into the European Béguine movement of the Middle Ages. A fine example of a traditional Flemish béguinage, the secluded complex of houses, churches and gardens was founded in 1230 by the Countess Johanna of Constantinople and up until 1926 housed a small community of Béguines, lay women who devoted their lives to god. 

Today, the compound is home to around 25 Benedictine nuns but its Béguine past lives on at the onsite Beguinage museum, which features displays like a recreation of a 19th century kitchen and a showcase of traditional crafts. For most visitors though, simply wandering around the daffodil-filled gardens, whitewashed houses and 13th-century church provides an evocative glimpse into the solitude of the Béguine lifestyle, and unveils some of the mysteries of the one-time inhabitants.

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Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels

4 star rating: Recommended 1080 Reviews

Discover two of Flanders' special gems on a full day trip to Ghent and Bruges. No visit to Belgium is complete without a visit to these two beautiful cities, ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 9.5 hours

From USD $62.59

Brussels Super Saver: Brussels Sightseeing Tour, Antwerp Half-Day Trip, Day Trip to Ghent and Bruges

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This Brussels Super Saver combines three popular tours at one discounted price for you to enjoy over two full days! Spend the first day on a half-day city ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

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Bruges Express City Tour from Brussels

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Upon arrival in Bruges you will visit the Lake of Love (Minnewater) and the Beguinage (convent).

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $52.05

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