The English Convent

The English Convent, Bruges

The English Convent
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GoGo2SlowGo
Denton, TX1,521 contributions
A hidden gem in Burg Square
Aug 2019
You might see it called Callejón del Asno Ciego but it is an English Convent. Many Catholic nuns from England were banished by their King when Catholicism was declared to be illegal. This convent has been around since the 1600's and the current group of nuns have a lot of history to impart.
Hours can vary and a contribution to the order would appropriate if you spend some time with one of the sisters.
Written March 23, 2020
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Angela B
Leighton Buzzard, UK284 contributions
Beautiful vidit
Jan 2019
I visited here and what a beautiful and very special place this is.

There are limited opening times and if you do visit, you will find this one of the most undiscovered places on earth.

I was treated to a tour by sister Frances (I did visit some time ago do sorry for the delay) and given a tour. Thank you for your kindness.

I found out so many interesting facts, but I won’t spoil the fun of your own discoveries. I can say there are only a few nuns left and I was taken into the domed church and we did sing in there. In the 70s it was a B&B and I do know someone who visited there which is do quaint.

It is absolutely stunning!

Do take the time to stop by and discover what an incredible building this is. I must also visit again one day.

Written December 11, 2019
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Adrian B
Canberra, Australia37 contributions
A wonderful piece of historic Bruges
May 2019 • Solo
Lovely to visit the English Convent today, especially as I believe my late mother was a student there from 1937-39. A very kind Sister showed me around and explained the convent's history. A memorable visit!
Written May 16, 2019
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rayrest
London, UK7,268 contributions
Amazing ceiling
Mar 2018 • Couples
The English convent was built in the 17th century by sisters. You are able to visit this building which has an amazing ceiling which is lavishly decorated. Visiting times are strict so please check. Bruges tourist office ( located in Burg square) are very helpful with more information.
Written March 8, 2018
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Amieeleanne
London, UK44 contributions
Please visit it’s a must
Jan 2018 • Friends
We came across this by chance
There is certain times you can visit all after 2pm you go in and ring the bell we were met by a sister who was very welcoming
Sister Franics took us to the chapel
Well educated lady she sang to us and said a
Prayer she asked first if we wanted this
It’s an experience I can’t explain
I’m so pleased we went here
The sisters are amazing Laddies there are only 8 left that live there two were very poorly
So sad
You have to go and visit it’s right next to the windmills and very close to the lace factory
Please go and visit and spread the word
Amazing place the chapel is absolutely stunning
Make sure you look up and the celling
Written January 7, 2018
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Pete W
Brockenhurst, UK110 contributions
Serene
Oct 2017 • Couples
Make an appoinment to avoid services - no groups allowed and respect the peace.
This convent was founded by 5 sisters from Louvain in 1629. It features a statue of Thomas a Kempis,portrait of Thomas Moore, a magnificent marble altar, stained glass windows, ceiling paintings and garden. Very happy for photos
Written November 2, 2017
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada78,175 contributions
The Ceiling is truly amazing and its history is intriguing!
Feb 2017 • Couples
After our visit to the Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie, it was time to visit the English Convent. They have specified times to visit it. We found this out thanks to a citizen of Bruges.

Once there, we had to ring the bell and the door was opened. The head sister unlocked the gate and she led us to the chapel.

It was so beautiful! There was a painting about heaven above the altar surrounded by gold. I couldn't stop staring at it. Wow! Right behind this ceiling painting was another painting about God's throne.

The altar was simple and it had two stained-glass windows.

There was a balcony as well and a lovely organ.

Then a sister came to speak with us. When she heard, we were Canadian, she applauded our Prime Minister. She respected him. She told us that they used to be 30 sisters, but now there are 6 left. This order was persecuted by the Anglicans from Great Britain.

The sister was quite excited about a painting of an English Lord that used to be close to the king. However, he preferred to stand for God and he was persecuted and killed. While they were bringing his body to the grave, he fell and a piece of his vertebra in his neck broke off. A painting was made about him and right underneath his portrait is his vertebra.

I liked being in that convent and seeing how excited that sister was. My highlight though were the ceiling paintings. Wow! They are a must see!
Written March 19, 2017
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lfiebert
Lansdale, PA603 contributions
A Delightful Visit
Oct 2016 • Couples
On our way to see the windmills of Bruges we came upon the English Convent. We spent a delight hour walking around the church and having a personal tour with Sister Francis-a personable and knowledgable long time resident of the convent. She took great pride in explaining the convent's past and its place in France's, England and Belgium's history. Visiting the convent is a worthwhile experience for anyone interested in churches.
Written November 1, 2016
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Lorna M
Bedford, UK287 contributions
It's ok
Aug 2015
We saw this as part of the canal boat ride around Bruges. Just another of the very many buildings that attract the tourists.
Written September 4, 2015
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Wend145
Birmingham, UK4 contributions
Highlight of our visit to Bruges
May 2015 • Friends
We will never forget this visit, the highlight of our holiday. We hope Sister Francis has a safe pilgrimage. 3 ladies from England.
Written May 18, 2015
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