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Trainbleu
Brussels, Belgium25,358 contributions
A peaceful spot’
Aug 2018 • Friends
Contrary to many other beguinages in Belgium (Flanders), the beguinage of Oudenaarde didn’t make it to the Unesco World Heritage List because it wasn’t considered to be sufficiently authentic and representative. But we thought it would be a pity not to give it a quick look as it is located in the centre and entrance is free.

The red Baroque gate on Achterburg is impressive, although the view is somewhat spoiled by the hideous contemporary building to the left. In a niche at the top there is a traditional representation of Saint Roch in pilgrim’s garb (hat, cloak,knapsack and staff) lifting his tunic to show a plague sore on his thigh, a dog carrying a loaf in its mouth sitting at his side. Legend has it that Saint Roch caught the plague while attending to plague victims and was saved by a dog who licked his wounds and brought him bread.

The gate leads to the first of two atmospheric planted courtyards with a very simple whitewashed chapel in the corner. Close to the wall of the beguinage stands the much smaller chapel of Our Lady of Seven Dolours in Gothic Revival style. Although this beguinage doesn’t have any remarkable old houses – most date from the 19th and 20th century – it still feels like a lovely nostalgic place.
Written August 14, 2018
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Zonze
France34 contributions
Small is beautiful!
Jun 2018
This béguinage is quite tiny but very nice, whitewashed and peaceful! Close to the river Scheldt!
Should be added to a visit to Oudenaarde after the main square and the beautiful city hall.
Written June 17, 2018
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hans-jaguar
Santa Comba Dao, Portugal18,267 contributions
Visit of the city of Oudenaarde.
Nov 2017 • Solo
The Beguinage of Oudenaarde.

A former monastic community of women, the present site was occupied since the 15C, but most of the buildings date to the 18C-19C. Beguines are not nuns, the difference is that beguines are only living into the vow of chastity, and not of poverty. Rich beguines lived in the beguinage in their own home, while poor beguines lived together in larger convent houses (collective housing). Often they found themselves in a beguine, or in an infirmary, or even a hospital, a bakery, a laundry, the houses in terms of type and architecture, are not having a large difference with the ordinary houses in the city. Beguines were spiritual and secular well-protected. Originally the beguines stayed behind the Sint-Walburga Church. In the 15th century they were given a place to stay on the current site. Striking is the colourful Baroque gate with the effigy of the Saint Roch, a plague Saint. Most small white houses were rebuilt in the 19th and 20th centuries; only a few date back to the 17th century. The last Beguine died in 1960.
Written December 22, 2017
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dccaroline
115 contributions
Great quiet spot
Mar 2017 • Solo
Been living around the area for ages, didn't know about this place until now. Visited it before an appointment. Great little spot to walk around. Quiet, quaint and peaceful.
Written May 21, 2017
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Katrien S
Ghent, Belgium1,982 contributions
Small, but nice secluded area near the St Walburgachurch
Jul 2016 • Couples
Not mentioned in most guidebooks, but at least indicated on the map in the Rough guides to Belgium, this little secluded area is free to visit during daytime, when the gate is open. It is a rather small one, and the houses are not as old as some other beguinages in Flandres, but it is a lovely, quiet place well worth a stroll around.
Written July 4, 2016
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Peter C
Dorchester, UK1,198 contributions
Yet another fine Beguinage in Belgium
May 2015 • Couples
We have travelled around many of the beguinages of Belgium now. And this one does not disappoint. A little smaller than some it still offers a whole range of interesting elements. A very nice entrance gate, a couple of water pumps, a small chapel with a very decorated altar, and of course a wonderful range of houses. Plus the peace of the place. As with all beguinages, this one exudes peace. Wonderful places.
Written May 25, 2015
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