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The Flemish Beguinages is characterized by an urban and rural ensemble that showcases the planning that went into making up the ancient Belgian towns and villages. The religious and traditional architecture found here is nothing short of mesmerizing. It dates back to the Middle Ages and is associated by both secular and conventual values.

Flemish Béguinages

The Flemish Beguinages is characterized by an urban and rural ensemble that showcases the planning that went into making up the ancient Belgian towns and villages. The religious and traditional architecture found here is nothing short of mesmerizing. It dates back to the Middle Ages and is associated by both secular and conventual values.

The Beguines were a group of women that had dedicated their lives to God without absolute retirement from the world. In the 13th century they established the Beguinages. The community of Beguinages was designed in such a way as to satisfy the spiritual and material needs of the women who were found here. The architectural ensemble comprised of urban and rural houses, churches, green spaces, ancillary buildings etc. They were all built in the ancient Flemish styles.

The almost spontaneous emergence of the Beguine Movement in the 1200s is a reflection of the religious fervor that had gripped Europe in those times. The women played a very important role in the 13th century in taking forward the religious renewal by joining convents, while others assumed a semi religious way of life. The Beguines were such women who devoted their lives to prayer, manual labor and caring for the sick. The Beguine women took no vows and were free to come and go as they pleased.

The Beguines were supervised by the Grande Dame. The beguinages were associated with simplicity and humility. The Beguines that were wealthy would rent houses for those that were poor and also provide resources for the infirmary. The following is a list of the Beguine communities that you will find in Belgium:

  • Petit Béguinage of Leuven,
  • Petit Béguinage of Mecheln, Herentals, Aarschot
  • Grand Béguinage of Gent
  •  Béguinage of Dixmude and many more

The miniature towns that were formed by the Beguinages reflect well on the ancient Belgian civilization. They are beautiful, well planned medieval city. The 17th and 18th century Beguinages are the kind of places you go to reflect on your spiritual life as well as tour ancient sites. Trust me; you will feel the presence of the deity in these towns. While at it, make sure you say a prayer for your family – it might be you will find God here.

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