Anderlecht Beguinage, Brussels
The Anderlecht Béguinage in Brussels is the former home of the Béguines, who were Catholic lay sisters and mostly widows of Crusaders.
The Beguinage consists of a collection of small houses, built between 1252 and the 17th century, grouped around a garden. It was the smallest beguinage in Belgium, where only eight Beguines lived.
The Beguinage is now open to the public, sharing a common administrative office with the Erasmus House. The Beguinage Museum was set up in 1930.
What to See
The Beguinage Museum consists of two houses (one 16th-century, the other 18th-century) which are built around a pleasant inner courtyard. From here there is a fine view of the nearby Church of St. Guidon, built in the 16th century.
The museum's collection includes objects of archaeological interest, religious art and a local history collection which documents a thousand years of Anderlecht history.
Quick Facts on the Anderlecht Beguinage
|Names:||Anderlecht Beguinage; Anderlecht Beguinage, Brussels|
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|Coordinates:||50.836123° N, 4.306812° E (view on Google Maps)|
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Map of the Anderlecht Beguinage
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- Fodor's Belgium, 3rd ed.
- Official Website of the Erasmus House
- Anderlecht Beguinage, Brussels - Go Historic
- Photos of Anderlecht Beguinage - here on Sacred Destinations
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