Monday, May 1, 2017

Travels with Me - The Beguinages, Amsterdam, Netherlands and Brugge, Belgium

Several times someone would comment about photos and I would think 'Oh, I could have included that'.  So, I have decided that each month, I hope, I will blog about a new place or just show more pictures of a place already mentioned.  To make it easy I am going to start with the Netherlands and just browse through my photos.  I hope you will enjoy it.

I made two visits to the Begijnhof Section in Amsterdam.  The beguines, as they came to be called, settled this area of Amsterdam in 1150.  They took care of the sick but they were not nuns, took no vows and were free to leave.

You pass through this portal and go down this lane

to reach the interior


This house shown below was thought to be the oldest house in Amsterdam until very recently.  It was determined to have been built in 1528.






 This is the interior of the Catholic chapel that was made by combining two houses.
More information about the Beguinage can be found at this site.

I also visited a former Beguinage in Brugge, Belgium, established in 1245, that is now used by the Benedictines.  Here are some photos.





The Flemish Beguinages are all UNESCO World Heritage sites.  Here is the video:

Here is another interesting documentary about the Beguines.

I hope you enjoyed this post.

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  2. Fascinating! Enjoy traveling the world with you.

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  3. Your photos are wonderful. I haven't traveled very much, I guess I'm more of a homebody, but your photos make me want to get out more.

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    1. The travel bug bit me at an early age and never left.

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  4. I had never heard of the Beguinage either Denise. Couldn't watch all the video clips now but will try and return. Absolutely fascinating. Your very first picture in this post I thought "those houses are falling over".

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    1. There are a lot of houses in Amsterdam that look like they are falling over. More pics I can post.

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  5. Such a beautiful place, it's been years since we've been to Holland and Belgium.

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  6. This may seem like an odd comment, but I was struck looking at your pictures by how people in Europe have such respect for "breathing spaces" for lack of anything better to call them. Courtyards, little enclosures, etc. Here in the US EVERYTHING has to be filled up with something. It feels as if there's no room to breathe or contemplate. I'm looking forward to my visit to the British Isles in September to see if I can "feel" a difference. :)

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  7. I have to watch these when I am at home but loving the pictures and houses-tilted and all:) I wonder about that courtyard and if it was a cemetery at one time. The only reason i say this is because, when I visited my Aunt in Brixen, There was an interior courtyard which I said was so nice and she told me it was a graveyard. The gravestones are gone but the bodies are still there

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    1. You are right about the graves. In Amsterdam there was one that was actually in the walkway. I can't remember why the person was buried there and my photo did not turn out or I would have posted it.

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  8. Looks like a very pretty place. A different side of Amsterdam than what we normally get. Thanks for sharing your photos and memories.

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  9. I loved your April travel theme and enjoyed these photos, as well. History and architecture are always fascinating! Thanks, Denise. ☺

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