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Begijnhof

Gedempte Begijnensloot, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Dam Square)
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Ranked #27 of 305 Attractions in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This was my favorite place of refuge from the chaotic city center. A beautiful medieval courtyard, that was founded in the 1300s!! Just my kind of place for relaxin and enjoying old dutch houses. All I could ask for.

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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

The Beginhof is a group of houses built around a secluded courtyard and gardens as was built to provide the Beguines- a group of unmarried religious woman to live together in a vow of chastity in the sanctity of their own community. There is a chapel on the grounds and you are able to use the RC Church for weddings.... More

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Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Quiet short walk in quite a different environment, in city center. Don't miss the big informative poster on the entrance, to learn a bit about beguines, sort of nuns who lived there, and who lives there now. It's free to enter, but it's open only until 17h (5PM). It's also next to one of the Amsterdam's biggest shopping streets if... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014 via mobile

If you want time out from the hustle and bustle then make an effort to find Begijnhof. It's a pity a lot of the area is cordoned off to the public but you still get a sense of the tranquility the area offers.

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Tehran, Iran
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Visited this spot in last august with my wife. We were walking in the area and we found Begijnhof in Amsterdam Map. It is special (formerly) restricted area for elite group of families to live. You find PEACE in this area. If you are obsessed with European 1900s architecture it is the best place to find a sample of it.... More

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Radstock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Very quaint little place, with a beautiful setting. Picturesque beyond words. Enjoyed a quiet little stroll around the square and into the church Peaceful and tranquill Worth every minute

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

A lovely idea, and a pretty and peaceful spot in the middle of a bustling city. There should be Begijnhofs in North America too, to provide a secure community for those who need it. Worth tiptoeing through!

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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

This medieval courtyard with stately 1600s homes and the oldest wooden house in Amsterdam was a religious enclave. It has both a protestant and catholic church. This is not a commerical area, only some private homes. Interesting to see and spend a short time. It is free and somewhat difficult to find--you have to walk through an unmarked door leading... More

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 via mobile

I visited this in 1997 and you were able to walk around the whole square and take photographs, such an oasis amongst all the hassle and bustle of Amsterdam. However 17 years on, only a small part of the square is open to the public and you are not allowed to take photos. I appreciate it is home to people,... More

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Atlanta Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Although the entrance is hard to find, Beginhof is worth visiting. It is in the center of town, near the Spui. The price is right because it is free. It is a interesting little courtyard with some of the oldest buildings in Amsterdam. There is the church where the grandfathers of the Pilgrims prayed. There is a constant flood of... More

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