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Large Beguinage Mechelen, Ghent
Beguines are women who could not or did not want to enter a convent, but lived together as a community to support themselves.
The charming narrow streets of the beguinage are an oasis of peace and a wonderful place for a quiet stroll. Its typical Flemish character and unusual architecture ensured the Large Beguinage of a place on UNESCO's list of world heritage sites.
A beguinage had its own bakery, brewery, nursery, hospital, etc. In Mechelen’s beguinage you will find the famous Anker brewery (open for visits and tours; make sure to try a nice Carolus beer). Stroll the quiet streets and enjoy the UNESCO listed houses built in the 1500s.