Bruges – Beguinage (Begijnhof)

Setting foot here is a moment of serenity. In the 13th century, several women found themselves alone after the departure of their husbands for the Holy Land. Their return was uncertain. The congregation agreed to welcome these single women to this fenced place. Here they accepted the fact that they kept their respective wealth. They had to participate in community life, take a vow of chastity and obey the religious orders of the community. There was a church, a farm, and gardens and they could make an extra income.  Some did by selling lace. A museum provides access to a traditional house.

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