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