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Groot Begijnhof

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Address: Schapenstraat, Leuven 3000, Belgium

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A lovely section of Leuven

I have been to Leuven several times but this was my first visit to the Begijnhof...and I should have gone much earlier. This is basically a city within the city and many of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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Wassenaar, The Netherlands
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Wassenaar, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I have been to Leuven several times but this was my first visit to the Begijnhof...and I should have gone much earlier. This is basically a city within the city and many of the buildings are listed and of historical significance. It is definitely like stepping back in time once you enter the walls of this area. It was lovely... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Within easy walking distance of the centre lies the Groot Begijnhof. It is now restored and part of the University but once housed religious single women wishing to lead independent contemplative lives. Along with other parallel places in Belgium, these inner sanctums are UNESCO World Heritage sites. These women did not take vows like nuns but nevertheless were devout and... More 

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Mechelen, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Great atmosphere. Small houses, canals, bridges... The begijnhof used to be a sort of "light"-version of a convent - mostly wealthy single women would go there to lead a religious life in community (with less stringent rules than in a normal convent - i.e. they did not have to give away all their possessions). Great for a starlit walk.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I went here with my best friend during the exams. We both needed a walk and a place where our heads could find some peace. I've never been to such a quiet, beautiful place before. I wanted to stay! And ladies, do not wear heels but flat shoes if you want to enjoy this place to the fullest.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

A peaceful walk. 13th century 'place of silence and rest,' now maintained by KU-Leuven. Beautiful light in the morning.

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Hasselt, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This place is a definitive "must visit"! Incredibly quiet, a nice place to visit and feel the awesome surrounding atmosphere!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

This Begijnhof is really old, quiet and very beautiful. It is real middle aged city inside the city. Little advice for women, don't wear heels when You will go to visit it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

The Great Beguinage in Leuven is a must see when you visit Leuven. It's a really cosy and quiet place away from the busy city center. Just take some time to walk around and explore the old medieval environment with it's 15th and 16th century houses that were restaurated in the 1960s. There's also a beautiful church that was renovated... More 

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Leuven, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

When you visit Leuven, please take the time to look around in 'Groot Begijnhof', you won't be disappoint. It's unique ! This piece dated of the 13 centery - Unesco heritage, is an enchanting piece of pure tranquility in the city, but put some good shoes on, a lot of cobblestones. Enjoy !

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Leuven, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Groot Begijnhof is an oasis of calm and historic beauty in the bustling city. Come here on a sunny day to walk, take pictures, and enjoy the calm.

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