The Doors of The Beguinage (Begijnhof) in Bruges
“Beguines” were single or widowed women who lived in community without taking vows or retiring from the world. Many Belgian and Dutch cities set up “beguinages” where these women could live and practice their religion. Today these Beguinages are no longer used by beguines. The Beguinage in Bruges, for example, has been a convent for Benedictine nuns since 1927. The grounds are absolutely beautiful with tall trees and beautiful daffodils all around them. Since we could not visit the houses, I went around photographing doors! All the doors in the beguinage are green, and most are very simple, with a few exceptions shown here.
A like the subdued tones and styles in these shots. Each of these doors is unique but they’re simple and elegant without being flashy.
Yes, they reflect exactly the idea of simple but elegant and dignified living the Beguines seemed to be looking for.
A set of lovely, individual styled doors!
All very lovely, doors and the rest.
The things I learn thanks to Norm’s door challenge! I’ve read the word “beguine” but had no idea what it meant. These doors are pretty, but not overdone. I like the one in the fifth photo.
And I hadn’t even heard of “beguines” before visiting Belgium. It’s nice to share some information along with photos. Glad you enjoyed the post. 🙂
I learn something new everyday. Today it is beguine!