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Groot Begijnhof

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Address: Schapenstraat, Leuven 3000, Belgium

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Meander and don't worry about where you are going - it's like being cast back in time, a really unique town within a town, startling in it's presence in the twenty-first century.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Meander and don't worry about where you are going - it's like being cast back in time, a really unique town within a town, startling in it's presence in the twenty-first century.

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Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

A little outside the city centre but well worth the effort. This Begijnhof was so much larger than I had expected! You can wander through cobblestone streets, lined with old houses. Lovely. But do leave you bike at the entrance otherwise you're in for a hell of ride! Although founded in the 13th century, many houses date from the 16-17th... More 

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Chonburi, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

There is not much that not been said yet about this place, an example of an oasis in the city. Comfortable shoes with thick soles. The city plans to replace the the old cobble stones by new, more comfortable ones which is a shame.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Well worth a wander. An oasis of calm. Makes you think about the life of women in the past. Go and reflect.

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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Probably the world's best beguinage. River runs through it. Cobblestones, small church, every house has a story. Step back into time into an oasis of peace.

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Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

This is a beautiful area in the city. Lay women lived here since the 1300's; a development unique to Belgium, the Netherlands and parts of France. Please try to visit, you won't be disappointed by the fairytale houses, streets and bridges. Simply beautiful!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 via mobile

Very special hotel Easy to reach from everywhere but in the meantime in a Very quiet zone. Services and kindness were present and the Light and green of the hotel were special I suggest a comfort Staying in this hotel.

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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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