Discover ancient culture in the Great Beguinage in Leuven
The Great Beguinage, also known as Beguinage Ten Hove, is a long-preserved and fully restored, historic district of a dozen streets. Located on Schapenstraat, in the south of the city centre, it is definitely worth a visit for anyone visiting Leuven.
History of the Great Beguinage
The Beguinage was founded in the early 13th century as a community for unmarried, semi-religious women. During the French Revolution, the Beguinage was entrusted to the committee of public worship. Then, after a century and a half, the Great Beguinage was restored by the University of Leuven. The last beguine pastor, Julien Sterckx, died in 1977 at the age of 106.
With about three hectares, the Great Beguinage is one of the largest beguinages in Flanders. The Great Beguinage Leuven has the appearance of a "mini city in the city," which makes it a wonderful site for both history and architecture enthusiasts. The Great Beguinage was officially recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in1998.
Admire Leuven from The Park Inn by Radisson Leuven Hotel
If you want to admire the Great Beguinage, Park Inn by Radisson Leuven is the perfect base for your stay. Only a few minutes away from the Beguinage and other marvellous attractions, this stylish hotel offers you all the comfort you desire.