The Herental beguinage is located along the Begijnenvest. The original thirteenth-century beguinage was located less than a kilometer to the north, on the Nieuwland on the other bank of the Kleine Nete. This was cut short during the Eighty Years' War. The current beguinage was built in the seventeenth century.
• The gate in the Burchtstraat was built in 1640, the vaulted gate building on the side of the Begijnenstraat as early as 1622.
• The oldest house in the beguinage is the foundation house (1647), opposite the avenue that leads to the entrance of the church. In the gable stone you will see an image of the Holy Family.
• In the middle of the beguinage is the elegant gothic Saint Catherine's Church. You can visit the church from the end of April to the end of September, from Friday to Sunday from 2 to 5 pm. Outside of these hours you can only visit the church with a guide. Please note: in July and August 2020 there will exceptionally be an extra Eucharist on Saturday at 4 pm, so a visit is only possible until 4 pm. Furthermore, the church is also closed on Friday, August 7, Saturday, August 15, Saturday, August 29 and Saturday, September 5.
• Opposite "Our Lord on the cold stone" at the church is the infirmary (house number 13). The building served to provide shelter for elderly, sick or needy beguines. The infirmary has been preserved in its original state.
• The beguinage museum is located in the infirmary. You can only visit the museum with a guide as part of a city walk. The beguinage museum is open in May, June, July, August and September on the first Sunday of the month, from 2 to 5 pm. You can then visit the museum freely. There is a guide present.
August 6, 2020
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