The Grand Beguinage of Leuven now houses students and academic staff .

 
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A Visit to Leuven : The Grand Beguinage

 

Inside the Grand Beguinage of Leuven

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See video impression of the Grand Beguinage

 

 

Inside the Grand Beguinage of Leuven

The Grand Beguinage of Leuven originated around the beginning of the 13th century. Up to around 300 beguines stayed at the beguinage at times. The last beguine died in 1988.

Beguins (begijnen) took temporary vows of chastity and obedience.They were able to have private property and an income. More prosperous beguines had a private residence, while poorer beguines lived together in community houses.

They were also provided for by donations made to the beguinage, while generating income themselves by teaching, providing health care, and by manual labour like embroidery, sewing, washing, spinning etc.

The Grand Béguinage of Leuven now is a well preserved and restored historical quarter containing about a dozen streets in downtown Leuven. The béguinage stretches on both sides of the river Dijle, which splits into two canals inside the béguinage, with three bridges connecting the parts of the beguinage. The béguinage is now owned by the University and houses students and academic staff.

Fountain Heads on a little square in the Grand Beguinage of Leuven
Fountain Heads on a little square in the Grand Beguinage of Leuven

 

 

Information about Leuven :

Townhall

Oude Markt (Old Market Square)

Bookstores in Leuven

University Central Library

Park Abbey, Heverlee

Saint Peter's Church

New : Saint Michael's Church

New : Saint Gertrude's Abbey ; Saint Quentin's Church ; Saint Anthony's Chapel (Father Damien Crypt) ; Saint James' Church

University Buildings in Leuven

Grand Beguinage of Leuven

Outside Leuven :

New : Basilica of Our Lady of Scherpenheuvel

New : Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren

 

 

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