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Old Jun 6, 2009, 6:21 AM   #1
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Default A change of pace,

some pictures of a Begijnhof* we visited a few weeks ago in Turnhout. (60km from where I live)
It was founded in the 13th century, in the neighorhood of the 'Warande' castle.

Now the beguines have left Turnhout, and the houses are mostly inhabited by retired people.

All shots with k20d-sigma 10-20mm.

*A "Begijnhof" (as the Dutch name is) or Béguinage comprises a courtyard surrounded by small dwellings. It is often encircled by a wall and secluded from the town proper by one or two gates. Poor and elderly beguines were housed here by benefactors. You could compare beguines with nuns, only they don't have so strict rules. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Béguinage

The main entrance gate.

Some pictures from the inside.

Oh yes I mentioned the 'Warande' castle, only haven't found a way to visit it..


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Old Jun 6, 2009, 7:16 AM   #2
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Serene beauty. Very nice series of photos, Ronny.

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Old Jun 6, 2009, 8:03 PM   #3
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Nice shots of some interesting history. 13th century, amazing, we are celebrating our state's, Queensland's 150th birthday today.


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Old Jun 6, 2009, 8:11 PM   #4
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Very nice, Ronny. Looks like a beautiful place.


p.s. No big deal, but I'm curious what the light across the grass in the fourth one is.
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Old Jun 7, 2009, 3:22 AM   #5
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Hi Ronnie. Nice shots BUT in that first one there are some crazy verticals. I have same camera and lens combo, and I'd just like to make the comment that its important to hold the camera aimed horizontally to avoid the vertical lines doing such. As the field of view is extremely large with this lens its usually possible to get what you want in the frame and keep the camera horizontal.
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