The'Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde', as the beguinage is called in
fact, was erected in 1230. The beguins themselves were replaced since long by
Benedictines.Sometimes they are to be seen in 15 th century clothings.
A museum is situated in the little beguine house near the porche. Therein
you can see the way how the Beguines used to live.
The entrance gate of the beguinage is dated from 1776.Most of the houses
date from the 17th and 18th century.
The little Sint-Elisabeth church is partially dated from the 13th century. Its history
is quite animated. At the time of the calvinistic government it was degrated to a
hayshed. In 1584 it was devastated by fire. After the restauations it became a sober
lategothic building. A century later a far more drastic
baroc renovation took place : the side aisles were rehaused
and the roof became a roofturret.
Because of 'lack of beguines' the beguinage has become an abbey around