Old St Elizabeth's Beguinage Ghent

Image by Heather Sills

Heather Sills photo

Heather from Ghent

A bit of a language and travel geek at heart. For me, Ghent is the perfect mix &...

Read all articles

There are a lot of things Ghent isn’t short on (beer, fries, chocolate, to name a few), but quiet, grassy spots where you can sit under a leafy tree are a bit in short supply. So that’s why I love Ghent’s beguinages. ‘What’s a beguinage?’, I hear you cry. Beguinages are religious communities for women that appeared mainly in Flanders, but also the Netherlands and France, in the 13th century. The Old St Elizabeth’s Beguinage is one of three in Ghent, and is known as ‘the holy corner’ as it symbolises religious tolerance with its Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant churches.

A beguinage tends to have a typical layout for you to explore – a church, a grassy area out front, and narrow cobbled streets lined with small cottages all around. At the Old St Elizabeth’s Beguinage I love the two-story houses with their picture-postcard step-gabled roofs and rusty red-painted facades. This beguinage is in the city centre but you wouldn’t stumble across it by accident as it’s tucked away and a cut-through only really used by locals. 

💚 Like these Ghent tips? You'll ❤ our iPhone / Android app!

Heather from Ghent

Heather Sills photo

A bit of a language and travel geek at heart. For me, Ghent is the perfect mix &...

Read all articles

Details about this spot

Categories

Address

Begijnhofdries, Ghent

Opening Times

24 hours daily

Price

Free

Website

Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)