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Beguinage - Begijnhof, Brugge: 61 reviews and 105 photos
Begijnhof Ten Wijngaarde translates as Beguinage of the Vinyard in English. This noble institution was commenced in the 13th century under the auspices of Margaret of Constantinople. Now you know when you begin the beguine (sorry, couldn't help myself).
I vividly remember going through there because I was on my way out of Brugge. Now, there are distinct signs asking for you to be quiet; ones I would normally obey.
However, when your luggage is wheeled and you're dragging it over cobblestones, it tends to make a noise. A loud, clackety-clack type noise and, not wishing to upset anyone, I looked for the quickest way out while trying to hide my embarrassed expression.
The beguines led an industrious life, initially earning their income with looms. No vows were taken but they kept to a strict regime under a mistress who guarded the independence of the establishment.
The beguines eventually died out and the Benedictine Sisters moved in, continuing with their meditative prayer ritual.
One of the houses is open for visitors. It dates from the 17th century and there's also a small gift shop to lighten the load in your wallet even further.
One of the items to look for is an impressive collection (though small) of old laces.
The gardens are free to visit and are open everyday from 9.30 - 17.30. The museum costs 2 euros and is open from April - September from 9.30 - 17.30; closed 12.00 - 13.45, also closed on Sundays.
Directions: Right next to Minniewater
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