Photographer's Note

Taken late in the afternoon in the middle of winter. This is the famous Beguinage of Brugge, with a nun returning from a shopping trip in Brugge township. You enter the grounds of the beguinage via a stone bridge over a canal.

'In the rapidly changing world of the 13th century, some people became more attracted to a purer and more mystical form of religion as a reaction to the growing material and formal aspirations of the regular clergy. The example to be followed had been shown by the apostles : poverty, simplicity and preaching. People from both sexes decided to follow this new movement, which resulted in the creation of numerous new religious orders and movements.'

The Beguinage was founded in the 13th century, although most of the buildings date from the 17th and 18th centuries. The original 13th century church was burnt down in 1584.

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