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UNESCO site in Leuven
Grand Béguinage of Leuven is a well very preserved and completely restored historical quarter containing a few streets in the south of downtown Leuven and is one of the largest still existing beguinages in the Low Countries. This one is owned by the University of Leuven and used as a campus, especially for housing students and academic guests. Since it's a residential area it's quiet and pretty empty during the day. It makes for the perfect place to take a leisurely walk. The Grand Béguinage has the appearance of a small town within Leuven paved with cobblestone and build entirely from bricks. Walking around you will get to the Spanish quarter. This is a 17th century extension of the Béguinage, a green oasis that softens the hard appearance of the cobblestone and brick work. Another imposing structure in the Grand Béguinage is the church, an early Gothic basilica that also contains Romanesque elements.
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