Beguinage Church - Lier - Belgium by Gilberte

Beguinage Church - Lier - Belgium by 

This photo was painted in DAP Camille Corot.
It’s a very big church and a small house.

One of the prides of Lier is the “Beguinage” (Dutch : Begijnhof). It dates from the 13th century and ranks among the largest and most beautiful beguinages in Belgium.

Beguinages were founded in most medieval cities of the low countries at the time of the crusades. A lot of women had lost their husbands and wanted to live in protected communities. Most of these women, however, did not want to join a convent or a monastery, where they had to make vows. In the beguinages, the ladies could live like nuns or sisters, without having to make vows that would tie them for the rest of their lives. The system of beguinages continued to exist in the low countries until this century. Most beguinages consisted of a group a small houses, which, together, formed a little separate village inside a city

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  • Hans Bax
    Hans Baxalmost 4 years ago

    prachtig Gilberte! Lijkt wel een aquarel van een van de oude Meesters!
    Groeten en fijne dag verder!

  • Vriendelijk bedankt voor je fijne commentaar Hans.
    Groetjes terug en een gezellige avond verder.
    Ook bedankt voor de eer in je favorieten te mogen figureren.

    – Gilberte

  • Antanas
    Antanasalmost 4 years ago

    avesome work

  • Thanks a million Antanas….a litle town for you to visit next time you come!

    – Gilberte

  • Kofoed
    Kofoedalmost 4 years ago

    Another work par excellence, Gilberte. And a very interesting story, thank you.

  • Thank you so much Kofoed.You may not be familiar with beguinages but in Belgium, many towns still have a beguinage…Antwerp has a small one..Lier has a bigger one though the town of Lier is much smaller than Antwerp.The most famous beguinage is the one of Bruges.Many copper etchings were made of that one.

    – Gilberte

  • Gilberte
    Gilbertealmost 4 years ago

    Thanks very much Aleksander for adding my pic to your favorites

  • Elaine Teague
    Elaine Teagueabout 3 years ago

  • Thanks a lot Elaine for honouring my image with a feature.

    – Gilberte

  • Gilberte
    Gilberteabout 3 years ago

    Thanks a lot Suzanne for favoriting my image

  • Albert
    Albertover 2 years ago

    Superb treatment – faved

  • Thanks heaps Albert also for the fave

    – Gilberte

  • PhotosByHealy
    PhotosByHealyabout 2 years ago

    26 February 2013
    Your Host,

  • Thanks a lot Gene for featuring my picture

    – Gilberte

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