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Groot Begijnhof

Address: Schapenstraat, Leuven 3000, Belgium
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Ranked #2 of 19 Attractions in Leuven
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks

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Brussels
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117 reviews 117 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

I often take visitors here when visiting Leuven as it is such a good example of a Begijnhof and extends the visit to the town. You walk to it past the University, and can also see other interesting historical buildings (but you'll need a guidebook!). It is a bit of a walk - and be warned, it is all out... More 

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Delft, The Netherlands
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We have seen a number of beguinages, but this one is in spectacular condition. The buildings have been restored and are used as housing for people associated with the university in Leuven. In the winter the church buildings were not open, but it is still lovely to wander around and see this UNESCO site. It is a 15-20 minute walk... More 

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Leuven, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Quite spot, not too many tourists. Nice walk though a part of town that is and feels from another time, close to the busy student center. Very well kept and charming.

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La Hulpe, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

I've been living in Belgium out of the UK for 4 years now with job. I took a solo road trip around Belgium in the Summer to orientate myself for longer stay in specific towns had wonderful time. I stayed and at another hotel while in Leuven due to availability short notice booking at the peak of the summer. The... More 

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Leuven
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21 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The Groot Begijnhof is so full of history, but many visitors stroll through without proper guidance. I take visitors there regularly and tell them that this place goes back almost a thousand years ago; the church of St. Jan (St. John) is not Baroque, but much older, early Romance, a sober yet sturdy early medieval style. The Begijhof has evolved... More 

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Aloha, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Really loved walking around this location. The cobble streets, the wonderful architecture, the just "feel" of medieval is fantastic. It's not huge so it doesn't take long but as our hotel was nearby i visited every day at different times of the day to look for picture opportunities. Loved each walk through the area.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We visited this during our recent stay in Leuven. To be honest, I was expecting more than we experienced. Although it was very nice to walk around and wander around the houses, but there seemed to be little to actually look at other than looking at the outside of the houses. Yes, it was very atmospheric in its own way,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

When in Leuven or surrounding you have to go and see this place. It is amazing. It is like a little town within the city of Leuven.

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Brentwood, TN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We enjoyed walking around the begjinhof, once a semi-monastic community of women called Beguines, religious women who sought to serve God without retiring from the world, and now housing for the university. This was very lovely and fun walking down the paths and seeing all the buildings. A nice little excursion out of the city center.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 via mobile

This place is beautiful, bridges, a convent and a church! The place has amazing gardens and cobblestone paths (note ladies wear proper shoes!) I had great weather so sat and watched the river run, people walking by and enjoying the warm weather! Definitely worth a visit :)!

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