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Flemish Béguinage Diest

Flemish Béguinage Diest is one of the Flemish Béguinages in Belgium. The béguinages were founded in the 13th century in the Netherlands and Flanders. Flanders was at that time 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. 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 Diest was founded in 1253. Most of the 90 houses were built during the 17th and 18th centuries. The entrance gate was built in 1671 and is adorned with a niche housing the Virgin and Child. Saint Catherine Church was built of iron sandstone in the 14th century. Flemish béguinage of Diest is well preserved. Nowadays the houses have become artists' ateliers and the homes for the elderly. Thirteen Flemish Béguinages gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1998. Flemish Béguinage Diest is part of this UNESCO World Heritage. Some others Flemish Béguinages are: Béguinage Tongeren and Béguinage Sint Truiden.

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Flemish Béguinage Diest - Flemish Béguinage of Diest: The Baroque main entrance was built in 1671 and is adorned with a niche housing a statue of...

Flemish Béguinage of Diest: The Baroque main entrance was built in 1671 and is adorned with a niche housing a statue of the Madonna and Child. Béguinages were founded in the 13th century in the Netherlands and in Flanders, at that time, the five provinces of Flanders were part of the Netherlands. The Béguinage of Diest is part of UNESCO World Heritage: Flemish Béguinages.

  1. Flemish Béguinage Diest - Flemish Béguinage of Diest: The Baroque main entrance was built in 1671 and is adorned with a niche housing a statue of...

    Flemish Béguinage of Diest: The Baroque main entrance was built in 1671 and is adorned with a niche housing a statue of the Madonna and Child. Béguinages were founded in the 13th century in the Netherlands and in Flanders, at that time, the five provinces of Flanders were part of the Netherlands. The Béguinage of Diest is part of UNESCO World Heritage: Flemish Béguinages.

  2. Flemish Béguinage Diest - Flemish Béguinage of Diest: The Gothic Saint Catherine Church is situated in the middle of the Béguinage of Diest. The...

    Flemish Béguinage of Diest: The Gothic Saint Catherine Church is situated in the middle of the Béguinage of Diest. The church was built of iron sandstone in the 13th and 14th centuries on the site of an earlier chapel. The Saint Catherine Church houses several religious works of art dating from the 17th century.

  3. Flemish Béguinage Diest - Flemish Béguinage of Diest: Béguines lived in a béguinage (Dutch: begijnhof). Béguines (Dutch:...

    Flemish Béguinage of Diest: Béguines lived in a béguinage (Dutch: begijnhof). Béguines (Dutch: begijnen) were woman who dedicated their lives to God without retiring from the world. Just like nuns, béguines lived a religious live, but they did not take eternal religious vows of chastity and obedience, béguines could return to the world.

  4. Flemish Béguinage Diest - The Flemish Béguinage of Diest was founded in 1253. The Béguinage of Diest was dedicated to St. Catherine. Most of the...

    The Flemish Béguinage of Diest was founded in 1253. The Béguinage of Diest was dedicated to St. Catherine. Most of the 90 houses were built during the 17th and 18th centuries. Nowadays, the houses of the Béguinage of Diest have become artists' ateliers and homes for the elderly. 

  5. Flemish Béguinage Diest - Flemish Béguinage of Diest: The authentic tavern in the Béguinage of Diest dates from 1618. Most of the Flemish...

    Flemish Béguinage of Diest: The authentic tavern in the Béguinage of Diest dates from 1618. Most of the Flemish Béguinages have maintained their medieval layout and architecture, but the medieval houses of the Flemish Béguinage of Diest were demolished in 1540 and rebuilt along a grid plan of broad streets.

  6. Flemish Béguinage Diest - Flemish Béguinage of Diest: The béguinage has broad streets paved with cobblestones, also called Belgian blocks. A...

    Flemish Béguinage of Diest: The béguinage has broad streets paved with cobblestones, also called Belgian blocks. A béguinage consists of a group of small houses built around a church or a small chapel, enclosed by a wall with an entrance gate. The houses of the Béguinage of Diest are built around the Saint Catherine Church.

  7. Flemish Béguinage Diest - Flemish Béguinage of Diest: One of the gates is adorned with a niche housing a statue of a saint. The Béguinage...

    Flemish Béguinage of Diest: One of the gates is adorned with a niche housing a statue of a saint. The Béguinage of Diest is a well preserved béguinage. The Flemish Béguinage of Diest is now a historic suburb of the town of Diest. Diest is situated in the northeastern part of Belgium, about 60 km of Brussels.

  8. Flemish Béguinage Diest - Flemish Béguinage of Diest: The houses date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The gables are ornamented with niches. In the...

    Flemish Béguinage of Diest: The houses date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The gables are ornamented with niches. In the niches are small statues of saints. Béguines supported themselves with nursing and traditional textile skills such as weaving, spinning, cloth making and lace making.

  9. Flemish Béguinage Diest - The sculptures of two béguines in the Flemish Béguinage of Diest. Due to several wars and the crusades, there were more single...

    The sculptures of two béguines in the Flemish Béguinage of Diest. Due to several wars and the crusades, there were more single women than single men during the medieval period. Living alone was a real danger for medieval women. Many of the single women joined the béguinages, it was a perfect refuge, here they lived under guidance and protection of the church.

  10. Flemish Béguinage Diest - Flemish Béguinages: Just like the most beguinages, the Béguinage of Diest is surrounded by a wall. There are two entry gates into...

    Flemish Béguinages: Just like the most beguinages, the Béguinage of Diest is surrounded by a wall. There are two entry gates into the Béguinage of Diest. The Flemish Béguinage of Diest gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1998, the béguinage is part of the UNESCO World Heritage: Flemish Béguinages.