Belgium - Flemish Béguinages

"The Béguines were women who dedicated their lives to God without retiring from the world. In the 13th century they founded the béguinages, enclosed communities designed to meet their spiritual and material needs. The Flemish béguinages are architectural ensembles composed of houses, churches, ancillary buildings and green spaces, with a layout of either urban or rural origin and built in styles specific to the Flemish cultural region. They are a fascinating reminder of the tradition of the Béguines that developed in north-western Europe in the Middle Ages." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Beguinags locations are: (** collected)
- Antwerp
** Bruges
** Dendermonde
** Diest
- Ghent (3: Old Saint-Elisabeth, New Saint-Elisabeth in Sint-Amandsberg and Our-Lady Ter Hooyen)
- Hasselt
- Hoogstraten
- Lier
- Leuven (2: Large and Small)
- Mechelen (2: Large and Small)
- Kortrijk
- Sint-Truiden
- Turnhout
** Tongeren

Postcard 1 - Beijnhor Diest
Beguinage of Diest is one of the oldest - founded in the 13th century. Thanks to Gerda of Belgium.









Postcard 2 - Beguinage of Dendermonde 
UNESCO Multiview of Dendermonde showing Beguinage. Thanks to An of Dendermonde, Belgium.









Postcard 3A - Beguinage of Bruges 
These medieval architecture buildings are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nice stamps including Beijing Olympics Games 2008 stamp. Thanks to Gilles of Ghent, Belgium for this card








Postcard 3B - Beguinage of Brugge
Another similar view of Beguinage of Brugge. Thanks to Ferro of Belgium with signatures of a postcrossing meet-up in Brugge.







Postcard 4- Beguinage of Tongeren
Onder de Linde, Tongeren - beguinage. Thanks to Lara of Belgium.


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