Monday, 7 April 2014

Flemish Béguinages, Belgium (UNESCO)

The Béguines were women who dedicated their lives to God without retiring from the world. In the 13th century they founded the béguinages , enclosed communities designed to meet their spiritual and material needs. The Flemish béguinages are architectural ensembles composed of houses, churches, ancillary buildings and green spaces, with a layout of either urban or rural origin and built in styles specific to the Flemish cultural region. They are a fascinating reminder of the tradition of the Béguines that developed in north-western Europe in the Middle Ages.
1- Béguinage de Hoogstraten - Hoogstraten, Antwerpen, Flanders
2- Béguinage de Lier (Lierre) - Lier (Lierre), Antwerpen, Flanders
3- Grand Béguinage de Mechelen (Malines) - Mechelen (Malines), Antwerpen, Flanders
4- Béguinage de Turnhout - Turnhout, Antwerpen, Flanders
5- Beguinage de Sint-Truiden (Saint Trond) - Sint-Truiden (Saint Trond), Limbourg, Flanders
6- Béguinage de Tongeren (Tongres) - Tongeren (Tongres), Limbourg, Flanders
7- Béguinage de Dendermonde (Termonde) - Dendermonde (Termonde), Oost-Vlaanderen, Flanders
8- Petit Béguinage de Gent (Gand) - Gent (Gand), Oost-Vlaanderen, Flanders
9- Béguinage de Sint-Amandsberg / Gent (Mont-Saint-Amand-lez-Gand) - Sint-Amandsberg / Gent (Mont-Saint-Amand-lez-Gand), Oost-Vlaanderen, Flanders
10- Béguinage de Diest - Diest, Vlaams Bramant, Flanders
11- Grand Béguinage of Leuven (Louvain) - Leuven (Louvain), Vlaams Bramant, Flanders
12- Béguinage de Bruges (Brugge) - Bruges (Brugge), West-Vlaanderen, Flanders
13- Béguinage de Kortrijk (Courtrail) - Kortrijk (Courtrail), West-Vlaanderen, Flanders
Postcard 1 : Béguinage de Turnhout

Sender: Gerda, Sent on: 31 Mar, 2014, Received on: 4 Apr, 2014, Travel time: 5 days

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