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Tongeren is a city and municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg,The Béguinage, founded in 1257, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. Its enclosure wall was destroyed in the 19th century: it separated the beguinage from the rest of the city and thus guaranteed peace and quiet for the small religion-inspired community. In the 17th century the beguinage counted some 300 beguines; it was also able to survive the 1677 fire that destroyed most of the city.
Béguines 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 Flemishbéguinages 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 Detail:Belgium
Keywords:Begijn, Begijnhof, Begijntje, Beguinages, Belgique, België, Flanders, Flandre, Heritage, Patrimonio de la Humanidad, The List, Tongeren, Tongern, Tongres, Unesco, Vlaanderen, Welterbe, Werelderfgoed, World Heritage