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The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, Bruges

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World heritage site · Historic Walking Area · Historic Site
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Enjoy the tranquillity of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, a religious community seemingly frozen in time. This particular beguinage was founded in 1245 and housed the beguines of Bruges up until 1937. Today, the community is a monastery for Benedictine nuns. At a time when official religious institutions distrusted the new religious orders coming into being, a beguine was a safe community where female followers lived together, much like nuns but without the strict vows. Take a quiet stroll through the streets past rows of identical white homes. Wander to the southern end, where some of the houses date back to the 15th and 16th centuries. In the left corner behind the garden, you'll find the largest house, which would have housed the grand dame. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Bruges holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Only a few minutes walk from the bustling city centre but worth the short walk. The pictures above this review tell a better story than I can but the horses head nearby is really unusual and clever. 
    Only a few minutes walk from the bustling city centre but worth the short walk. The pictures above this review tell a better story than I can but the horses head nearby is really unusual and clever.  more »
  • It was astonishing to escape the hustle and bustle, and tourist horse drawn carriages by crossing a bridge over the canal and entering the gates of the Beguinage. Here is an oasis of calm in the... 
    It was astonishing to escape the hustle and bustle, and tourist horse drawn carriages by crossing a bridge over the canal and entering the gates of the Beguinage. Here is an oasis of calm in the...  more »
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  • Beautiful and quiet. It's a very old convent with gorgeous buildings and a tranquil garden. Surrounded with a little park and canals, it's very beautiful. Great stop for a quiet break or little stroll.
  • Lovely garden, very quiet Chapel. A great place to wander when not crowded by tourists

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