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‘Kortrijk - Inside the Beguinage’

Previous photo showed you the view from the tower of the Saint Martin's Church (Sint-Maartenskerk) in Kortrijk on the beguinage. This time here the opposite view.

The Beguinage in Kortrijk was founded in 1238. It has been destroyed several times: in 1302, in 1382 and in 1684. The 41 houses that are there now date from the 17th century.

The entire beguinage has been thoroughly restored (including new street lighting, reconstruction of the cobblestones, restoration of the wrought iron fence in the courtyard and redesign of the greenery in the courtyard). On July 9, 2021, the official opening of the restored beguinage, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998, took place.


Wikipedia states about the beguinages:

A beguinage is a collection of small buildings used by Beguines. These were various lay sisterhoods of the Roman Catholic Church who sought to serve God without retiring from the world.

A beguinage comprises a courtyard surrounded by small dwellings. It is often encircled by a wall and secluded from the town proper by one or two gates.
The first beguinages were set up in the 12th century in Liège, Belgium.

They are to be found in an area roughly corresponding with present-day Northern and North-Eastern France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Western and North-Western Germany.

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  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6312 W: 22 N: 14879] (59009)
  • Genre: Luoghi
  • Medium: Colore
  • Date Taken: 2021-09-07
  • Esposizione: 30 secondi
  • Versione Foto: Versione Originale, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2021-09-12 9:33
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