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.
From our members:
panoply205 visited from 12/1/2014 to 12/1/2014.
stedan visited from 3/16/2011 to 12/31/2011.
Adamnvillani visited from 11/16/2010 to 11/16/2010.