@ Bruges, Belgium
The historic city center of Bruges is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and well worth visiting. This complex includes a gothic béguinage church and about thirty white painted houses dating from the late 16th, 17th and 18th century built around a central yard. The white main entrance is shown here, on the other side of the three-arched stone bridge, the Wijngaard Bridge. A béguinage is a housing complex for beguines: lay religious women who lived in community without taking vows or retiring from the world. Since 1927 it has functioned as a convent for Benedictines. Nikon D500 w/18-200mm, processed with Aperture.