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Begijnhof

Gedempte Begijnensloot, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Dam Square)
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Ranked #27 of 298 attractions in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We were having a quiet lunch Esprit cafe, while having a sandwich watch at least 200 people in this door of a home. I asked our waitress what I was and sh explained it was a garden and haven for nuns.......... We entered and found a delightful chapel, church and tranquil settings NO PHOTOS was on the signs it was... More

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Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
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75 reviews 75 reviews
37 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I went there once to see it and I have to say I was impressed hpw they keep this place and so much order. I really enjoyed passibg over there and its a must tpuristic point...

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Stockholm, Sweden
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95 reviews 95 reviews
51 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

It is almost in central Amsterdam and it easy to miss, but you shouldn't. It is a well preserved are, houses and garden, in almost perfect condition. There are also a little church.

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Corpus Christi, TX
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37 reviews 37 reviews
27 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

Very tiny, very private, hard to find but worth the effort. No admission fee, but you can make a donation in the chapel. I would encourage people to remember that this small courtyard is the private home of 93 elderly ladies. PLEASE- Keep your voices down... Today there were people on their cell phones speaking loudly and couple of younger... More

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Vienna, Austria
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69 reviews 69 reviews
14 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I was quite surprised when I saw this attraction is not rated 1st. It is probably because many people do not know about it, which makes it even more attractive! Please do not forget to turn left from Kalverstraat (on the way up to Dam) - you will never regret it. Located in the midst of the busy market street,... More

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Kirtland, Ohio
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47 reviews 47 reviews
25 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This is a nice stop to take a breath and enjoy some quiet time. Very interesting history. The chapels are beautiful and the entire area is an oasis in the middle of all the craziness outside. You are asked to be quiet and respect the wishes of the residents. Worth a trip!

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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
23 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

It's like entering wonderland via a red door on a busy Amsterdam square and finding yourself in a small place with beautifully kept houses, 2 churches and gardens. The history is clearly explained and it was a wonderful contrast to the places we had just visited.

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Fresno, California, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Stepping through the doorway into the Begijnhof was such a surprise. It is beautiful and so, so quiet compared to the busy streets outside. The city's oldest house is tucked in there-one of two remaining wooden houses in Amsterdam. Read the story of Cornelia Arents before you go to understand why she is buried in the gutter instead of the... More

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
28 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

My parents and I popped into here during our 5 nights in Amsterdam. Very sweet and attractive. You do however have to respect the rules and wishes of the residents: no photos, no dogs, no cycles etc. was personally pleased to see that the English Reformed Church is currently occupied by my particular denomination, the Church of Scotland.

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Perth, Australia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
34 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Interesting to visit but there's nowhere to sit and enjoy. Great for quirky camera shots. Look for the little plaques on the walls and see if you can find the almost secret door if you do go in via the Amsterdam museum.

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