Béguinage Turnhout Reviews
Beautiful and quiet part of the city Jan 05, 2015
A Beguinage is a semi-monastic community in which women who serve God, called Beguins, lived.
The Beguinage of Turnhout is located in the very centre of the city, yet so quiet and peaceful that one would almost forget that all around you the daily buzz of city life is going on.
No Beguins live here any more - the last one of them died in 2002 - but the whole site has been declared UNESCO World Heritage together with all the other Beguinages in Flanders, and thus the preservation of this beautiful is preserved.
It is a lovely place to just walk around and enjoy the sights. The houses cannot be viewed, as they are rented out to regular people now, but there is a museum located in the Beguinage which tells you all about the history. The church is still accessible as well.
Visiting the Beguinage itself is completely free of charge. A small fee is asked to visit the museum.
Should you be in the city on Christmas Eve it is definitely worth going to the Beguinage between 6 and 9pm as during that time the entire place is lit up with candelight. A most unique and wonderful sight!
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