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Groot Begijnhof

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Address: Schapenstraat, Leuven 3000, Belgium

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Medieval Village

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
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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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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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