Leuven is the capital of the province of Flemish Brabant in the Flemish Region, Belgium. The Large Beguinage is one of the world's best remaining examples of its architectural type. It was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1998.
The Beguine were women who dedicated their lives to God without retiring from the world. In the 13th century they founded thebéguinages , 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.
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Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Europe
Subcategory Detail:Belgium
Keywords:Begijn, Begijnhof, Begijntje, Beguinages, Belgique, België, Flandre, Flandres, Heritage, Leuven, Louvain, Patrimonio de la Humanidad, The List, Unesco, Vlaanderen, Welterbe, Werelderfgoed, World Heritage