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Flemish Béguinage Tongeren

Flemish Béguinage Tongeren in Belgium: Béguinages were founded in the 13th century in the Netherlands and Flanders. At that time, Flanders was part of the Netherlands. A béguinage consists of a group of small houses built around a church or a chapel, enclosed by a wall with an entrance gate. Béguines lived in a béguinage. Béguines were women who dedicated their lives to God without retiring from the world. Just like nuns they lived a religious live, but béguines did not take vows. Flemish Béguinage Tongeren was founded in 1257, it survived the great fire of 1677, because the earlier wooden houses were replaced by houses of stone. The Flemish Béguinage Tongeren is located behind the Moeren Gate. The Church of St. Catherine was built in 1294, the Church of St. Catherine stands in the centre of Flemish Béguinage Tongeren. Thirteen Flemish Béguinages gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1998. Flemish Béguinage Tongeren is part of this UNESCO World Heritage. Some other Flemish Béguinages are: Béguinage Sint Truiden and Béguinage Diest. The City of Tongeren consists of two UNESCO World Heritages: Belfries of Belgium and France and Flemish Béguinages.

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Flemish Béguinage Tongeren - The Flemish Béguinage of St. Catherine in Tongeren is situated behind the Moeren Gate. The Moeren Gate was erected in 1379....

The Flemish Béguinage of St. Catherine in Tongeren is situated behind the Moeren Gate. The Moeren Gate was erected in 1379. Tongeren once owned six medieval town gates, the Moeren Gate is the only surviving town gate of Tongeren. Thirteen Flemish Béguinages gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1998. The Flemish Béguinage Tongeren is part of the UNESCO World Heritage: Flemish Béguinages.

  1. Flemish Béguinage Tongeren - The Flemish Béguinage of St. Catherine in Tongeren is situated behind the Moeren Gate. The Moeren Gate was erected in 1379....

    The Flemish Béguinage of St. Catherine in Tongeren is situated behind the Moeren Gate. The Moeren Gate was erected in 1379. Tongeren once owned six medieval town gates, the Moeren Gate is the only surviving town gate of Tongeren. Thirteen Flemish Béguinages gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1998. The Flemish Béguinage Tongeren is part of the UNESCO World Heritage: Flemish Béguinages.

  2. Flemish Béguinage Tongeren - Flemish Béguinage of Tongeren: The Clothmaker's Tower (Lakenmakerstoren) on the wall of the béguinage. The Béguinage...

    Flemish Béguinage of Tongeren: The Clothmaker's Tower (Lakenmakerstoren) on the wall of the béguinage. The Béguinage of St. Catherine is one of the oldest béguinages in Flanders. Béguines were women who dedicated their lives to God without retiring from the world. Béguines lived in a béguinage. Just like nuns they lived a religious live, but did not take vows.

  3. Flemish Béguinage Tongeren - Flemish Béguinage Tongeren: The town wall, the river Jeker and the Clothmaker's Tower. The 13th century tower is part of the...

    Flemish Béguinage Tongeren: The town wall, the river Jeker and the Clothmaker's Tower. The 13th century tower is part of the medieval defensive town wall along the Jeker. Every medieval tower was protected by one of the town guilds, which explains why it is called the Clothmaker's Tower. The Béguinage of Tongeren is situated behind the medieval defensive town wall and the Clothmaker's Tower.

  4. Flemish Béguinage Tongeren - Flemish Béguinages: The St. Ursula Chapel in the Flemish Béguinage of Tongeren. In the 13th century an infirmary was built...

    Flemish Béguinages: The St. Ursula Chapel in the Flemish Béguinage of Tongeren. In the 13th century an infirmary was built where elderly and ill béguines were taken care off. Next to the infirmary a chapel was built, dedicated to St. Ursula. The current infirmary was completed in 1659. The chapel was replaced in the 18th century. Nowadays, the chapel is being used as a space for cultural events.

  5. Flemish Béguinage Tongeren - Flemish Béguinages: The St. Ursula Chapel in the Flemish Béguinage of Tongeren. The chapel is situated on the banks of the...

    Flemish Béguinages: The St. Ursula Chapel in the Flemish Béguinage of Tongeren. The chapel is situated on the banks of the river Jeker and behind the city wall. The St. Ursula Chapel was built on the side of an earlier chapel. The 18th century St. Ursula Chapel has an characteristic Dutch gable. At that time, the provinces of Flanders were part of the Netherlands. The Flemish Béguinage of Tongeren is an UNESCO World Heritage.

  6. Flemish Béguinage Tongeren - Flemish Béguinage of Tongeren: The Church of St. Catherine was completed in 1294, the church is also known as the Béguinage...

    Flemish Béguinage of Tongeren: The Church of St. Catherine was completed in 1294, the church is also known as the Béguinage Church or Friars Church. It is one of the oldest churches in the town of Tongeren. The stone church stands in the centre of the Flemish Béguinage of Tongeren, the béguinage was founded in 1257. The Church of St. Catherine, the Moeren Gate and the town walls survived the great fire of 1677.

  7. Flemish Béguinage Tongeren - Flemish Béguinages: The Church of St. Catherine of the Béguinage in Tongeren. The interior of the church is decorated...

    Flemish Béguinages: The Church of St. Catherine of the Béguinage in Tongeren. The interior of the church is decorated with paintings and woodcarvings. The statue 'The Suffering Christ' was donated by one of the béguines. The 13th century Church of St. Catherine is situated the heart of the Flemish Béguinage of Tongeren. The church is dedicated to Saint Catherine, the patron saint of the béguinage.

  8. Flemish Béguinage Tongeren - Flemish Béguinages: Some of the oldest stone houses of the Flemish Béguinage in Tongeren are lining the square 'Onder de...

    Flemish Béguinages: Some of the oldest stone houses of the Flemish Béguinage in Tongeren are lining the square 'Onder de Linde'. One of them houses the Museum Beghina, the museum is situated in an authentic béguine house dating from 1660. Thirteen Flemish Béguinages gained the status as UNESCO World Heritage in 1998. The Flemish Béguinage of Tongeren is part of this UNESCO World Heritage.

  9. Flemish Béguinage Tongeren - Flemish Béguinage of Tongeren: A tiny bridge crossing the river Jeker, the St. Ursula Chapel is situated behind the gate....

    Flemish Béguinage of Tongeren: A tiny bridge crossing the river Jeker, the St. Ursula Chapel is situated behind the gate. Béguinages were founded in the 13th century in the Netherlands and Flanders, then part of the Netherlands. A béguinage consists of a group of small houses built around a church or chapel, enclosed by a wall with an entrance gate. Tongeren consists of two UNESCO World Heritages Sites: Belfries of Belgium and France and Flemish Béguinages.

  10. Flemish Béguinage Tongeren - The Belfry of the Basilica of Our Lady in Tongeren, the original Romanesque belfry was replaced by the present 64 metres tall Gothic belfry...

    The Belfry of the Basilica of Our Lady in Tongeren, the original Romanesque belfry was replaced by the present 64 metres tall Gothic belfry in 1442-1544. The interior of the Basilica of Our Lady in Tongeren is home to several religious treasures, such as the statue of Our Lady of Tongeren Cause of Our Joy, the walnut statue was made around 1479. The basilica is part of the UNESCO World Heritage: Belfries of Belgium and France.