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“Begijnhof”

Beguinage (Begijnhof)
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Paris to Bruges Day Trip
Ranked #9 of 152 things to do in Bruges
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Begijnhof”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

historic, varied, lively well worth short walk from Markt area- horse and carriage very expensive at 39Eu but boat better value at 26Eu for family four

Visited June 2013
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268 reviews
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“Highlight of our trip”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

We went around 11:45 a.m. so that we could attend the noon service. Shortly before noon, a nun rang the bell inside the church. We were sitting off to the right side and a nun encouraged us to move to the front center section so that we could more easily see the nuns as they sang acapella. For some reason, the chairs were facing away from the front. The nun helped us to move the chairs so that they faced the front.

After the 15 minutes of singing, the nuns continued for another 15 minutes of silent praying. At this time, one of the nuns invited us to an adjourning room and gave us a quick tour.

I asked one of the nuns if I could take a photo of her. She asked me to meet her outside. She then took me to the living room of her house across from the chapel where I took photos.

The museum is also worth a visit. Buy a gift card that includes a small piece of lace for a memorable souvenir.

Visited June 2013
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Faversham, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
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“Beautiful, peaceful sanctuary”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

The Beguines were a group of independent women who lived together in a commune, but each with their own house. It was an alternative to the usual medieval woman's choice of marriage or convent. I came here to honour these women but was overwhelmed by the sheer peace and beauty of the place: when I visited the central grass area was full of daffodils.

Visited April 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Peaceful retreat”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

A great place to retreat to away from the touristy crowd. The setting is spirit-filled, peaceful, quiet (except for the occasional tourist groups who can't seem to respect the request for silence on the grounds) and simply beautiful. The rustling of the trees in the compound, the rustic residences skirting the perimeter and the old chapel/church provided the reprieve from the noise in the market square. Managed to attend evening prayers where the nuns came out to say prayers in the church. Would love to return to do a guided silent retreat here.

Visited June 2013
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Virginia
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“Absolutely magical!”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

Our 30 minute stroll through here was one of the highlights of our European vacation. I can't explain it. Go in the spring when the sun is setting on the beautiful flowers and you'll feel like you're in heaven. Really. Just shockingly lovely.

Also, please be quiet when here so you don't disturb others.

Visited April 2013
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