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Begijnhof Sint Agnes Sint-Truiden

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Trainbleu wrote a review Jun 2019
Brussels, Belgium18,931 contributions662 helpful votes
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The beguinage of Sint-Truiden is located outside the former city walls but within walking distance of the centre. We had no difficulty finding it with the map provided by the tourist office. Having visited several Unesco World Heritage beguinages in Belgium we were eager to see this one, which once housed more than 200 unmarried or widowed women. To tell the truth, we were rather disappointed. Saint Agnes beguinage is not a picturesque ensemble of cobblestoned streets with cute little houses. The enclosing walls and many houses have disappeared. We just found some relatively big houses, mainly dating from the 17th or 18th century, on a courtyard around a church and, in a side street, the refurbished beguinage's infirmary and farm. Little to evoke the historic and religious past of the place. From the outside, the small and spire-less church is equally unremarkable. It shows a mix of Romanesque and Gothic features reflecting its construction period (13th to 15th century). But the interiors wowed us. Under the wooden barrel vault the white-washed walls and columns are covered in striking tempera frescoes and oil paintings. They were made over several centuries, starting around the year 1300 with the representation of Saint Peter, Saint Paul and Saint John in the chancel – the oldest part of the church - and continuing until the early 17th century. We were highly intrigued by some of the depictions and asked the lady at the shop in the back of the church for a leaflet or brochure with explanation. She told us there only was a whole book. But she did hand us a plastic-covered sheet with the names of the paintings, which we had to give back at the end of our visit. Unfortunately she also insisted on closing the church at exactly 5 p.m. so we left a little frustrated because we had wanted to take a few more pictures. The church also some fine tombstones, a 17th century organ and a carved Baroque confessional. When we visited the general view on the interior of the church was rather badly spoiled by a temporary exhibition (in Dutch, until June 30th) entitled ‘Care and Society. present and Past’. You might want to wait until these exhibits are removed.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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lucasjnl wrote a review Apr 2019
Dordrecht, The Netherlands89 contributions13 helpful votes
This beguinage (begijnhof) would not be worth mentioning if the beguinage church would not have preserved its naive murals, presumably painted by pious lady-inhabitants. It is rare to see naive art in the Lowlands where fine arts always were on a high level. These murals are more reminiscent of Carpathian Maramures churches. The church interior has been stripped bare of additions later than the Baroque. Interesting.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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oelethoelen wrote a review Aug 2018
Ramsel, Belgium26 contributions6 helpful votes
Not only the original murals and the art exhibition in this church are worth a visit. During our visit the men at the entree was telling us legends and stories about the different saints displayed on the murals! Loved it! What a surprise and for us a highlight during our stay in Sint Truiden!
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Stephan1954 wrote a review Sep 2017
The Hague, The Netherlands324 contributions107 helpful votes
We walked from the center of town to the Begijnhof, but there is free parking near. The walk is pleasant and takes only 15 minutes leisurely minutes. The houses that enclose the church are being renovated and look like normal houses. The church has a pointed roof, but inside it has a domed wooden ceiling, which is very elegant. One of the nicer sights on this trip.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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Katrien S wrote a review Aug 2017
Ghent, Belgium1,992 contributions404 helpful votes
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This is one of the mostly destroyed beguinages, and wouldn´t be worth seeing, if it was not for its church, which has survived. It is a large and impressive church, at least as churches in beguinages go. The church has the oldest working organ in Belgium, and you will hear music recorded using this organ as you visit. But the main reason to visit are the mural paintings dating from the early 15th to late 16th century, the great majority being from the beginning 16th century. They depict mostly female saints, but also 3 apostels are depicted.
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Date of experience: August 2017
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