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Groot Begijnhof

Schapenstraat, Leuven 3000, Belgium
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Ranked #2 of 21 Attractions in Leuven
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Lucerne, Luzern, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We visited the Groot Begijnhof with a guide and were absolutely fascinated by the history and the very well maintained buildings. If you're visiting Leuven this is a must-do!

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Bertem, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The small houses of the Christian lay religious order of the "begijnen" (Beguines) in the closed environment of the béguinage or "Begijnhof" in-between the old city of Leuven and the inner circle road is a must see for every visitor of Flemish Brabant. The "Groot Begijnhof van Leuven" with 3 hectares (7.5 acres) in size, with some 300 apartments in... More

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Reading, Pa. USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I have often strolled the cobbled streets around the Grott Begijnhof and always find it intriguing and delightful. While the houses themselves belong to the university I would urge visitors to visit the chapel of Sint John. Be sure, however, to check the hours. It is a lovely 17th century Baroque chapel.

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Attard, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

If you're in Leuven, take a step back in time and visit this 'town within a town'. Lots of old buildings, from centuries ago. Worth a quick visit and doesn't take long to walk around!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The Groot Begijnhof is now part of the University housing. It is lovely to see the old residences occupied.

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

A town within a town. Nothing there re. Shops or anything but medieval houses, convents, cobbled streets, very peaceful. Worth a visit but watch what shoes you wear because the uneven cobbles aren't easy to walk on!

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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I had a spare hour when on a business trip to Leuven and so decided to give the UNESCO World Heritage site of "Groot Begijnhof" a visit. I am so glad I did as it really was a place of peace, quiet and amazing historic beauty. Quaint cobbled streets, old period houses, bridges over streams, churches, window boxes and lanterns...... More

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Leuven, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The exposition about the demolition of the library during first and second world war is interesting. Please also have a look into the big reading rooms. But the most attractive part is the climb to the bell tower and the fantastic view on the city. On top of that we had the luck to experience a life concert on the... More

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Leuven, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The beginhof in Leuven is incredibly well preserved since the University now owns it. It is also very expansive, especially compared to others, like the one in Bruges and Amsterdam. I think it is one of the prettiest. It has such a unique charm to it. If you can do a tour to get the history that is worth it... More

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NEWPORT, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

ok so it is a bit of a walk to get here but you will be rewarded with a little piece of heaven, tranquility and calm that so often is missing from hectic trips abroad... try the Staff Club of the KUL for a great lunch if you have time... but just take a book, sit down, and relax and... More

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