The Small Beguinage is a charming oasis of peace and tranquillity in the heart of Mechelen. This, Mechelen's first beguinage, dates from the thirteenth century. Later on there was a beguinage outside the city walls, but old and ailing beguines continued to live here. Three entrance gates closed off the little square but they are no longer here. The Small Beguinage was the first in Flanders to benefit from a regeneration scheme and has been beautifully restored.
Klein Begijnhof Mechelen