Prinselijk Begijnhof ten Wijnegarde
OK, that's quite a mouthful! It simply means Beguine Convent of the Vine. It was founded in 1245 by Margaret of Constantinople, Countess of Flanders. The Beguine nuns were unmarried or abandoned women who could live here as part of a respectable order - they were not quite nuns though. They had the right to own personal property. They traditionally devoted themselves to caring for the sick and earned money by making lace. Now this place is home to Benedictine nuns, nuns in every sense of the word. These nuns keep the same dress as the Beguine nuns who came before them. It is a very peaceful and quiet nook in Brugge.