H. Geesttafel

The 16th century Heilige Geesttafel or ‘Table of the Holy Spirit’ was responsible for care for the poor in the Beguinage. However, it was not just a typical Beguine institution: virtually every parish had one.


This room is located on the ground floor of the Infirmary building, and is accessible to wheelchairs.

A little history

The 16th century Heilige Geesttafel or ‘Table of the Holy Spirit’ was responsible for care for the poor in the Beguinage. However, it was not just a typical Beguine institution: virtually every parish had one.

To join the Beguinage, you had to be able to show that you could provide for your own maintenance for at least three years. This was to prevent women and girls from becoming Beguines for non-religious reasons. However, if you had been admitted, but were no longer able to provide for your own maintenance after three years, you could turn to the Table of the Holy Spirit. This derived most of its income from donations, and the rent from farms and estates and from houses within and outside the city. Like the Infirmerie, it was run by two democratically elected Beguines. With its oak beams, simple sandstone chimneypiece and restored windows, this room gives a good idea of a typical interior of the time.

Setup facility

Theater Klas U Blok
50 36 26 32
Met dansvloer Zonder dansvloer
50

Lengte / Breedte
12 x 5,5m

Gallery

Compare with the other facilities

Zaal Meetings Lunch/Diner Lengte / Breedte
Theater Klas U Blok Met dansvloer Zonder dansvloer
Anna De Paepe 35 24 21 18 8,1 x 6,2m
B. Lipsius 14 16 20 6,9 x 5,2m
Begga 10 4,5 x 6,0m
Bisschopskamer 40 32 21 28 45 8,0 x 8,0m
E. Van Ophem 10 4,4 x 6,0m
Florquin 20 15 15 15 8,2 x 6,1m
H. Geesttafel 50 36 26 32 50 12 x 5,5m
Infirmerie 250 100 160 200 27,8 x 8,9m
Lemaire 130 60 45 10 70 110 16,8 x 8,0m
M. Roelands 12 14 5,9 x 4,6m
St. Anna 16 7,0 x 4,0m
St. Barbara 60 50 34 30 14,0 x 5,5m
St. Gommarius 18 8.2 x 6.2m
Swerius 24 24 24 24 6,0 x 14,0m
Van Hamaele 50 40 29 20 9,7 x 8,0m
Willem Van Croy 160 16,0 x 15,0m

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