22 Dec 2011

Beguinage of Diest, Belgium (UNESCO)

This great postcard came from Gerda for the WiP November General Swap. It shows the Belgium UNESCO World Heritage Site The Beguinage of Diest. The Béguines were a Roman Catholic Sisterhood in the 13th and 14th centuries, consisting of women who devoted their life to prayer and good works but did not take any vows. Thus they were not nuns and could return to a worldly life whenever they chose to do so.

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