The Beguinage

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The history of Anderlecht, religious and daily life

The Beguinage collection focuses round two themes: on the one hand religious life and on the other the history and daily life in Anderlecht from the Merovingian era to the industrial revolution.

The small restored rooms recall the daily lives of the beguines: the room of the Great Lady, the lace makers’ room, the chapel and a small bedroom. The collections of votive offerings, folk art and religious images are reminders of the cult to Guidon, a local saint. The cornerstones, sculpted in Rogier van der Weyden’s workshop, rescued from the demolition of the Scheut chapel, are on display in the room of the Holy Spirit.

Béguinage d'Anderlecht : Le bollewinkel
Béguinage d'Anderlecht : Le bollewinkel

Local history goes back to the Merovingian period. Further on, the collections evoke agrarian life and the pastoral setting of Anderlecht, captured vividly in paintings and agricultural tools.

The sweetshop, presented in an attractive, nostalgic setting, offers a delightful reconstruction of a sweet and toy shop at the dawn of the XXth century.

The sweetshop, presented in an attractive, nostalgic setting, offers a delightful reconstruction of a sweet and toy shop at the dawn of the XXth century.

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