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Erik Van den Broeck

Beguinage of Kortrijk

Beguinage of Kortrijk, Belgium

20-06-2004 11:11 AM (GMT + 1)

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© 2004 Erik Van den Broeck, All Rights Reserved.

Caption

The Beguinage is situated between Saint Martin's Church and Our Lady's Church. The frugal inner court yard is decorated with a statue of Johanna of Constantinople, who is said to have founded the Beguinage in 1241. There are about forty little houses in baroque style in this Beguinage (17th century). Even Saint Mathieu's chapel, which dates from 1464, was given a baroque touch. Unique, or at least very rare, the beguinage is still inhabitated by a beguine Marcella Pattyn, born august 18 in 1920, now blind and one must be very lucky to see her on the way to and from the chapel. The white wall is devided by a brons statue (2000) made after Marcella in honor to all the beguines.

Equipment

Kodak DC3200 fixed 5.4mm f/3.6 (35mm equivalent = 39mm) 1 Megapixel 1152x864, home made pan head, rotates the focal point of the lens horizontaly and verticaly.
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