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‘The Beguinage of Diksmuide’

No, this is not the beguinage of Bruges.
Not that of Kortrijk either.

But the recent photos of Benny from the beguinage of Kortrijk reminded me that I also have some pictures of the beguinage of Diksmuide, a small town of almost 17.000 inhabitants in the far west of Flanders. (The far west sounds a bit different than intended … But seen from where I live …)

In the 13th century a number of lay religious women secluded themselves from the rest of society to live an independent life outside the confines of marriage and convent.
In 1914, this beguinage also fell under the violence of war and the original inhabitants disappeared from the cityscape for good.

Nevertheless, the site was rebuilt in its original style, a courtyard with a small square, two wings and a chapel. The beguinage was given a social role, first as a rest home and since 1990 adults with an intellectual disability live there.
Restoration work was in progress during my visit last October.

The beguinage is very small and these are the only pictures I have.
As Benny wrote in his note, there are 26 beguinages in Flanders. It is therefore not impossible that one day I will show another photo of a beguinage somewhere else.
To date I have visited 4 of those 26 (plus a very long time ago one in Amsterdam). The beguinage of Diksmuide is the smallest that I visited.

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  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6789 W: 24 N: 16039] (62846)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2021-10-09
  • Exposure: 30 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2022-01-07 16:48
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