Interiors Of Beguinage Church, Brussels
A very old ‘wall carpet’ there, looked so well preserved, the designs on them and the colors very attractive.
Beguines are women who lived alone and devoted themselves to prayer and good work with out taking monastic vows. In the beginning of 13th century, single women mostly widows, lived in the outskirts of towns and attended the poor. They grouped their cabins together to form a community called Beguinage.
This semi-monastic institution was adapted to its age and spread rapidly throughout the land. The women influenced the religious life of the people. Each of these institutions was a centre of mysticism, they shaped the thought of the urban population of the Low Countries. There was a Beguinage at Mechlin as early as 1207, at Brussels in 1245, at Leuven before 1232, at Antwerp in 1234, and at Bruges in 1244. By the close of the century, most communes in the Low Countries had a Beguinage, whilst several of the great cities had two or more.
This one that I saw in Brussels had the city growing all around it.