Grand Béguinage of Leuven World Heritage Site

Béguinage in Leuven, Belgium

Great Beguinage of Leuven
UNESCO World Heritage Site
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LocationLeuven, Flemish Brabant, Flanders, Belgium
Part ofFlemish Béguinages
CriteriaCultural: (ii), (iii), (iv)
Reference855-011
Inscription1998 (22nd session)
Area4.2 ha (10 acres)
Websitewww.visitleuven.be/en/great-beguinage
Coordinates50°52′15.6″N 4°41′46.3″E / 50.871000°N 4.696194°E / 50.871000; 4.696194Coordinates: 50°52′15.6″N 4°41′46.3″E / 50.871000°N 4.696194°E / 50.871000; 4.696194
Groot Begijnhof, Leuven is located in Belgium
Groot Begijnhof, Leuven
Location of Groot Begijnhof, Leuven in Belgium
Main entrance gate of the Groot Begijnhof of Leuven

The Groot Begijnhof of Leuven is a well preserved beguinage and completely restored historical quarter containing a dozen streets in the south of downtown Leuven. About 3 hectares (7.5 acres) in size, with some 300 apartments in almost 100 houses, it is one of the largest remaining beguinages in the Low Countries. It stretches on both sides of the river Dijle, which splits into two canals inside the beguinage, thus forming an island. Three bridges connect the parts of the beguinage. The complete beguinage is owned by the University of Leuven and used as a campus, especially for housing academics.


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