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Begijnhof

Gedempte Begijnensloot, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Dam Square)
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Ranked #24 of 296 attractions in Amsterdam
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Historic Sites
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Tucked away just off Spui, this delightful collection of houses arranged around an open court is well worth searching out.
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

Tucked of the main shopping street is a garden and chapel where residents still live. Cost you nothing to visit there is a little chapel shop Some parts are cordoned of as residents still live in the houses Worth a visit

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Nice but not spectacular. Quiet so excellent if you are nearby when you need that. Not a must see place in my opinion.

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Lima, Peru
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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

If you want a couple of minutes of peace and contact with yourself and like they say, to "stop and smell the roses", you must go there. Bear in mind that the entrance door is not easy to find, but if you -for example- check with google maps, there will be no problem in finding the way to enter this... More

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Cork
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6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Located in the heart of busy Centrum, Beginjhof is a throwback to the past. Well worth seeking out and sitting in the pretty gardens for a bit of meditation during a day's frantic sightseeing. One can see why the Beguines chose to live there.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We had some time to kill while waiting for our booked time to go up into the bell tower of the Westerkerk, and decided to spend the time in Het Begijnhof. It is a very tranquil space even though it's in the middle of the city centre. Once you pass through the gates, it is like stepping a century or... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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94 reviews 94 reviews
25 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We would never have found this without the guide. It is just a wooden door in the street. Behind the door however is a diiferent world. It is so peaceful and well kept. I won't spoil it by telling the history but it is well worth a visit and helps to highlight the great diversity in this city. Being a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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28 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Just a small wooden door in the wall leads away from the noisy Spuistraat into this peaceful enclave. Originally a place to house nuns it remains a place for women to live only. The English Church stands in the middle, and there is a small Catholic Chapel. The houses encircle a large lawn and some areas are roped off. Worth... More

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

In the middle of bustling and vibrant Amsterdam, there is a place called Begijnhof. A simple rest on a bench next to the chapel will yield a lot of calmness. There is history and there is women who gave their life serving and helping others. In the 21st century, kindness still exists. This is a small little square that is... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We spent a good 5 minutes and went on with our sightseeing. I could not remember if there was something else other than the garden that we could have checked out but it was good restful few minutes.

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Brussels, Belgium
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

There is so much history and peace in this area, where single women are still living. Amsterdam's Begijnhof is smaller than the one in Bruges but still very much worth the visit. The statue of a beguine reminds us of how the status of women was preserved in a man's world.

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