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Begijnhof

Gedempte Begijnensloot, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Dam Square)
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Ranked #24 of 295 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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Haifa, Israel
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

worth reading the plaque about the community of righteous women who loved in this neighborhood. a truly lovely spot.

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Tallinn, Estonia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Definitely worth of visiting! There is also one of two Amsterdam last wooden-front houses in this small court.

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Sydney, Australia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
40 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Historically, this was where single women who were religious but who didnt want to join an Order, lived. People are still living there, and the public are only allowed into limited areas. Here exists a haven of peace and serenity, just at the end of the busy Kalver Straat. You need to find the wooden door to enter, it is... More

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preston
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66 reviews 66 reviews
38 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

On our stroll through amsterdam we entered the innocuous gateway which led into the Begijnhof, what a delight! This oasis of calm in the middle of the city was a very welcome sight. The pretty gardens surrounded by houses ( one of which was the oldest in Amsterdam) were a treat. There are also two chapels enclosed in the grounds,... More

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kettering
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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

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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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
19 helpful votes 19 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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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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