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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: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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Leuven
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59 reviews 59 reviews
21 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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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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Bandung, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

an old quarter once belonged to the church, this beigjnhof is a large one. you get a sense of old living situation, with rock pavement, narrow building. this area belongs to the univ and so they well preserve and well restore the area. what i like about this areas is that it is occupied, there are residents living in it.... More

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

In French, they are called beguinages, and they were (roughly) 15th-18th century walled cities of peace for women who lived alone, whether widowed or unmarried. Now they are UNESCO heritage sites, and this Groot Begijnhof has a lot of housing for the University. The streets are charming and quiet, and you can see lovely private gardens as you walk around.... More

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Lucerne, Luzern, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

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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