The béguinage of Louvain

I have very fond memories of Louvain, because of my years at its university and because I lived there for about 12 years afterwards. And the béguinage is one of my favorite places there. If you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy town, this is the place to be.

This béguinage is one of the biggest of Belgium and originates from the 13th century. It’s located to the south of the center of Louvain. There are a couple of houses which date from the 16th century, most are from the 17th century; all have been restored in the 20th century. Nowadays, most of the inhabitants are either students or people who work at the university.

Louvain’s béguinage is a perfect example of a mini-town. All the houses are grouped along streets and not around a central square (like the béguinage in Lier). There is also a church and a couple of very small parks. In total, there are about 10 streets here; most of them are cobbled which adds to the charm. The local river, called Dijle, flows through the béguinage as well, but I will dedicate a separate post to it.


  • LA Edwards May 4, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I love your photos of the béguinage. I will be having several photos from the béguinage we visited in Diest, coming soon. I love the fact that you developed your photos in black and white. I too developed most of ours in black and white. The perfect means for which to display the character and mood of the tiny village within a village.

  • magsx2 May 4, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Great photos, and it seems a lot of history as well. I love cobbled streets, we don’t have anything like that in Australia. The cobbled streets would no doubt have a lot of history in them as well. 🙂

    • thesweetkitten May 5, 2012 at 8:02 am

      If you love cobbled streets, you would love Belgium! 🙂


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