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The Beguinage of Bruges was founded in 1245 by the Countess of Flanders, Margaretha of Constantinopel, daughter of Count Baldwin who conquered Constantinopel (now Istambul) during the crusades. In 1299, Philip the beautiful of France, placed the Beguinage under his own rule, thereby withdrawing it from the influence of the town magistrate.Visitors enter the place via a bridge over the canal. The entrance gate bears the date 1776. A lot of houses, however, are much older than that. Most date from the 17th and 18th century. Some houses were built in the 19th century in neo-gothic style. In the southern part is a little dead end street where still some houses of the 15th-16th century can be found. The largest and most impressive house is situated in the left corner behind the garden. It was here that the 'grootjuffrouw', or 'grand-dame' lived. It was she who ruled over the beguinage. The original church of the 13th century was destroyed by a fire in 1584. It was rebuild in 1609 and later again renovated in late baroque style.
Within a garden this season (spring) becomes a carpet of daffodils bloomed.

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Begijnhof di Brugge

Nei beghinaggi (Begijnhof in fiammingo), complessi architettonici nati intorno al XIII secolo proprio nelle Fiandre e ricreatisi poi in altri paesi del nord Europa, un tempo si ritiravano le comunitΰ di beghine, donne sole perchθ vedove o orfane, spesso di famiglia ricca, che vivevano al di fuori dell'organizzazione gerarchica della Chiesa animate da spirito mistico e dedite ad attivitΰ caritative e artigianali.
Il beghinaggio di Brugge, fondato nel 1245 con il portale settecentesco collegato alla piccola e sognante piazza della Vigna con un ponte "a schiena d'asino", molto caratteristico, con le particolari casette immerse nel verde, θ oggi abitato da monache benedettine e, come tutti i beghinaggi delle Fiandre, fa parte del Patrimonio dell'Umanitΰ dell'Unesco.
All’interno un giardino che in questa stagione (primavera) diventa un tappeto fiorito di narcisi.

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