The Beguine Convent - Bruges


You can’t truly know Bruges until you have visited the Beguine Convent. Near the canal, you will glimpse a charming little courtyard dotted with trees and daffodils, along with a pretty church that dates from the 17th century. As for the convent’s history, it was founded by Margaret of Constantinople, Countess of Flanders, in the 13th century. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A Beguine Convent (or ‘Beguinage’) is a community of women who have not pronounced perpetual vows, but are grouped together to live a pious, Christian life. From the 13th century onwards, these communities popped up all over the Low Countries, and (to a lesser extent) central Europe. The last Beguine in Bruges died in 1930 and since then, the convent has been occupied by Benedictine nuns. One of the houses near the gates has been converted into a museum that explores the lifestyle of the Beguines, with its rustic furnishings and time shared between work and prayer, from the very end of the Middle Ages up to modern times.

Opening

Monday-Saturday: 10am-12pm and 1.45pm-5pm / Sunday: 10.45am-12pm and 1.45pm- 5pm

Prices

Individuals: 2 € / Young people, groups: 1€ / Pensioners: 1.50€


Address : Begijnhof Wijngaardstraat 8000 Bruges Belgium

Bus : Line 1, bus stop Begijnhof

Phone : +32 50 33 00 11

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