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The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, Bruges

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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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  • The sense of tranquility that envelopes me as I entered the Begijnhof was indescribable. Perhaps it’s the spacious yard planted with haunting trees or the white-painted houses surrounding it or the... 
    The sense of tranquility that envelopes me as I entered the Begijnhof was indescribable. Perhaps it’s the spacious yard planted with haunting trees or the white-painted houses surrounding it or the...  more »
  • Peaceful and calm compound located a short walk from the train station into town. Looks like not much has changed from the 13th century to modern times. 
    Peaceful and calm compound located a short walk from the train station into town. Looks like not much has changed from the 13th century to modern times.  more »
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  • Beautiful place in Bruge. There were quite a lot of tours taking place when we visited, and it was quite busy. We saw one nun while here, but respected their privacy and did not take photos. In all, a nice serene visit.
  • Not much to do here exactly, but it was probably the most picturesque place I visited in Brugge. It was a bit more low-key than the other massive cathedrals etc, but I really liked just walking through the courtyard and quietly viewing the less ostentatious church.

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