Breda Béguinage

Breda, Netherlands

The Begijnhof (Béguinage) Museum in Breda is a walled complex that consists of houses and a small church and can be found in the center of Breda. 29 houses spreading over two courtyards are grouped around an herb garden and referred to as the Begijnhof. The Breda’s Begijnhof Museum provides insight into the world of Breda’s beguines. It includes a permanent exhibition of relics from the collection of Hamers IJsebrand and Harrie Hammers.

The first beguines were founded by Mr Hendrick van Breda, lord of shots and Breda, in 1267. That castle was moved to its current location in Catherine’s street in 1535 due to its expansion. In the 19th century, the court was expanded with a second courtyard and the St Catherine church.The beguines were since the 12th century a movement of pious Catholic women who wanted to live a life of contemplation, and prayer in chastity. The Beguines were mostly of noble descent. The first Beguinage foundation was laid bare in the 90’s of the 20th century and studied. The majority of houses were replaced in the 17th century. Breda’s Begijnhof Museum is the oldest of the two beguine found in the Netherlands.

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    Bami Mess (20 months ago)
    Een bezuchtung waard! Lekker rustige plek in het midden van de stad.
    Irina Domasova (2 years ago)
    It was a great idea to visit the museum. Perfect place to sit on the bench in front of the chapeland just relax. The museum is small but the entrance is not expensive
    Emma Göhran (2 years ago)
    Beautiful
    David Leonhard Steinbauer (3 years ago)
    A must see...
    Kacper Kubiak (4 years ago)
    Peace garden in the middle of city
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