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Begijnhof St Elisabeth (St. Elisabeth House)
Ranked #1 of 45 things to do in Kortrijk
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Kortrijk, Belgium
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Begijnhof”
Reviewed 16 April 2014

worth visiting is one of the oldest in the country. The oldest beguine was also a Marcella. Not that I am one....

Visited December 2013
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Santa Comba Dao, Portugal
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“Visiting the Beguinage of Kortrijk.”
Reviewed 9 March 2014

The Beguine of Kortrijk was founded in the year 1238 by Johanna van Constantinople.

The pleasant beguinage who is the well conserved middle age part of the city, is now an oasis of peace, and this right in the middle of the busy city centre. It contains around 40 small houses built in the 17th century as well as the Saint Matthews chapel (Sint-Mattheuskapel) (1464), the Saint Anna room (Sint-Annazaal) with its round stair tower, and the Grand Mistress's house (het huis van de grootjuffrouw), which has been converted into a museum. The beguine’s visitor centre is in house number 2.
The beguine is a small place to visit, but very interesting, it has several entrees, and free visit, and is also part of the World Heritage of the UNESCO.
A place to see we would say, the visit can take about one hour, depending on the person.

Visited March 2014
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Ashby-de-la-Zouch, United Kingdom
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10 attraction reviews
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“Very peaceful”
Reviewed 21 February 2014

A place which is both interesting and peaceful. Shame the museum and chapel parts were closed for renovation.

Visited February 2014
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Ghent, Belgium
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“Wonderful medieval neighbourhood”
Reviewed 3 February 2014

This is a well-preserved medieval part of town with cobble-stoned alleys, small white houses and a great quiet atmosphere right in the middle of the city. Even if you're only in town for a short period of time, this spot (one of the most beautiful Beguinages in the world) shouldn't be missed! Definitely one of the highlights in Kortrijk/Courtrai!

Visited December 2013
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
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“Just One Hour from Zeebrugge”
Reviewed 7 October 2013

Kortrijk is a great place to stop, leave the car in the huge underground carpark and wander over to the pedestrianised Gros Markt where you can eat, drink or just sit back and watch the cheerful folk of Flanders do urban Belgian stuff.
Just beyond the square, a side street leads down to the St Elisabeth Begynhof - a collection of forty little medieval houses built for widows so they could live in peace and security, only gossiping with their neighbours when they wanted to.
This oasis of individual privacy in the centre of a bustling town still remains a place apart. Well worth a visit.

Visited August 2013
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