Great Beguinage

Groot Begijnhof

The beguinage in the past

The beguinage dates from the 13th century. The community had about 360 beguines in its heyday in the 17th century.

The beguinage today

It consists of a series of alleys, courtyards, gardens and parks with dozens of houses and convents built from traditional sandstone. It is currently inhabited by students, foreign visiting professors and staff of the oldest Catholic university in Europe.

The Great Beguinage was listed as UNESCO world heritage in 1998. You can visit it free of charge.


Practical info

  • Permanently accessible
  • Free entrance
  • Attention: not easily accessible for wheelchairs and push chairs. 

Great Beguinage

Schapenstraat z/n
3000 Leuven