Property: Flemish Béguinages
Id. N°: 855
State Party: Belgium
Criteria: C (ii)(iii)(iv)
The Committee inscribed the site on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (ii), (iii) and (iv):
Criterion (ii): The Flemish béguinages demonstrate outstanding physical characteristics of urban and rural planning and a combination of religious and traditional architecture in styles specific to the Flemish cultural region.
Criterion (iii): The béguinages bear exceptional witness to the cultural tradition of independent religious women in north-western Europe in the Middle Ages.
Criterion (iv): The béguinages constitute an outstanding example of an architectural ensemble associated with a religious movement characteristic of the Middle Ages associating both secular and conventual values.