Large Beguinage Mechelen
area around the Nonnestraat, Mechelen, Belgium
Large Beguinage Mechelen Reviews
An oasis of peace and piety Sep 04, 2010
The beguinage of Mechelen is a very a-typical beguinage because it is not situated within a walled enclosure like the majority of beguinages in Flanders and the Netherlands.
The predecessor of this beguinage, founded in the 13th century outside the city walls, was destroyed in the 16th century; the Beguine community then re-established itself in an existing neighborhood, hence the lack of walled enclosure.
The centre of the community is the baroque beguinage church in the "Nonnenstraat" Around the church are several charming little streets with small beguinage houses, convents and little courtyards behind cute little gates. The houses or gates are often decorated with small statues of holy figures.
The most picturesque streets are the Hovius street, the Blessings Street (Zalighedenstraat)", the Convent street and the Nuns' Street (Nonnenstraat).
Since 1998 this site features on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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