Baroque church surrounded by a beautifully restored beguinage and dedicated to Saint John the Evangelist and Saint Begga, patroness of the beguines.
The beguinage of Hoogstraten probably originated around 1380 en prospered in the 17th century, having 160 beguines at its peak. The last beguine left in 1972.
A first chapel was built in 1381. During the 17th century this chapel was replaced by the current baroque church.
On the façade in baroque style we can see, among other things, a recess with braziers and a curved gable in which a wooden statue of the Mother Mary with Child was placed at the end of the 15th century. Above the door an engraved plaque with angel heads and a chronogram “eXtrVItVr Domus eXCeLsI (1687)” can be found. Within the recesses stand statues of Saint Peter and Saint Joan of Valois. Take a look at the cartouches with the inscriptions “Mijn huis is een huis des gebeds” (My house shall be called a house of prayer) (Matthew 21: 13) and “Wie vraagt zal verkrijgen” (For everyone who asks receives) (Matthew 7: 8).