|UNESCO #855 - The Béguinage de Brugges - BELGIUM|
Monday, February 03, 2014
Flemish Béguinages - BELGIUM - UNESCO #855
Another card from Brugges, it was sent on a different date, but probably traveled the same post transport. This one was sent by my friend Henk, a postcrosser from Belgium that went there recently. It shows the Béguinage de Brugges, the enclosed community of female religious believers founded in 800 years ago. Another view of that beautiful city I really wish to visit one day. Thank you very much Henk for another great card that rises my UNESCO collection to 286, only 695 to finish. This postcard took 9 days to arrive!
The Béguines were women who dedicated their lives to God without retiring from the world. In the 13th century they founded the béguinages , enclosed communities designed to meet their spiritual and material needs. The Flemish béguinages are architectural ensembles composed of houses, churches, ancillary buildings and green spaces, with a layout of either urban or rural origin and built in styles specific to the Flemish cultural region. They are a fascinating reminder of the tradition of the Béguines that developed in north-western Europe in the Middle Ages.