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Flemish Béguinages

The Béguines were women who dedicated their lives to God without retiring from the world. In the 13th century they founded the béguinages , enclosed communities designed to meet their spiritual and material needs. The Flemish béguinages are architectural ensembles composed of houses, churches, ancillary buildings and green spaces, with a layout of either urban or rural origin and built in styles specific to the Flemish cultural region. They are a fascinating reminder of the tradition of the Béguines that developed in north-western Europe in the Middle Ages.

Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site

iiTo exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design. All
iiiTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared. All
ivTo be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history. All



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Interlitratour: Christine Brooke-Rose en nl 20.8kmsite_izi
Interlitratour: Christine Brooke-Rose (audio only) en nl 20.8kmsite_izi
Cemetery Dieweg 202127.6kmsite_ao
Ruckersplaats Hands Monument 202021.9kmsite_ao
Bandundu Water Jazz Band 202022.8kmsite_ao
The Whisperer 202022.4kmsite_ao
MURAL – The wall as canvas en 20.9kmsite_izi
Antwerp de en fr nl 21.7kmsite_izi
Walk around Louvain-la-Neuve en fr nl 41.4kmsite_izi
Nature of Leuven en 23.7kmsite_izi
Waterloo 1815 – In the footsteps of the battle en fr nl 39.3kmsite_izi
Brussels: Passages & Galleries en fr 201822.3kmsite_izi
Urbirun Brussels – Highlights en fr 21.8kmsite_izi
Brussels de en fr nl 22.5kmsite_izi
Semini Sculpture 202021.8kmsite_ao
Elfde Gebod 202021.7kmsite_ao
Museum Vleeshuis 202021.9kmsite_ao
Nello and Patrasche 202021.7kmsite_ao
Lange Wapper Statue 202022kmsite_ao
Hand of Druon Antigoon 201921.4kmsite_ao
Brabo Fountain 201921.8kmsite_ao
Cafe Beveren 201921.7kmsite_ao
Théâtre Royal de Toone 201922.1kmsite_ao
Kulminator 201921kmsite_ao
Cinéma Nova 201921.9kmsite_ao
Hergé Museum 201941.2kmsite_ao
Musée des Arbalétriers (Museum of Crossbowmen) 201922.4kmsite_ao
National Museum of the Resistance 201923.6kmsite_ao
Royal Museum for Central Africa Natural History Collections 201922.5kmsite_ao
This Crypt Was Once Plagued By Liquefying Coffins and Exploding Caskets 201918.8kmsite_ao
Musée des Égouts Bruxelles (Brussels Sewer Museum) 201922.8kmsite_ao
The Wonderfully Weird Art of the Verbeke Foundation 201936.5kmsite_ao
The Little Boat 201820.4kmsite_ao
This Medieval Tower is Sandwiched by a Modern Hotel 201821.8kmsite_ao
Wooden Escalators of St. Anna’s Tunnel 201821.7kmsite_ao
A 17th Century Architectural Gem in Brussels 201721.9kmsite_ao
A Gravity-Defying Lookout Tower 201733.1kmsite_ao
Fons Sapientiae 201823.3kmsite_ao
Cook & Book 201720.5kmsite_ao
A Belgian Library’s Display of War-Torn Books 201723.6kmsite_ao
Royal Train Station 201819kmsite_ao
Le Museé du Jouet (Toy Museum) 201721.3kmsite_ao
Peter Pan School 24.3kmsite_brutalism
CGER (now BNP Paribas offices) 21.6kmsite_brutalism
Faculty of Philosophy and Literature, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven 196923.8kmsite_brutalism
Flatel Cassiopée Hotel 23.5kmsite_brutalism
Credit communal (now BNP Paribas offices) 21.6kmsite_brutalism
Westrand Cultural Center 196825.1kmsite_brutalism
Stoclet House 200922.2kmsite_whs
Plantin-Moretus House-Workshops-Museum Complex 200521.5kmsite_whs
La Grand-Place, Brussels 199822.2kmsite_whs
Major Town Houses of the Architect Victor Horta (Brussels) 200023.9kmsite_whs
Visit Brussels: Belgian destination is well-worth your travel budget 201917.7kmpost

About the source: UNESCO

Within UNESCO's broad remit, this specialised agency of the UN works towards international cooperation agreements to secure the world's cultural and natural heritage, designating venues of exceptional value as World Heritage Sites.

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