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Address: Gedempte Begijnensloot, 1012 RM Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Description: Tucked away just off Spui, this delightful collection of houses arranged...
Tucked away just off Spui, this delightful collection of houses arranged around an open court is well worth searching out.
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Extraordinary small space in the city

It's a secluded little block off the main road, where nuns stay.. Apparently there is a waiting period of ~20 years for women to enter and get confirmed.. Very beautiful and very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

It's a secluded little block off the main road, where nuns stay.. Apparently there is a waiting period of ~20 years for women to enter and get confirmed.. Very beautiful and very quiet.. Lovely central garden and beautiful houses..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

for every tourist it is a nice place to be and the shopping area is near and a museum as well ,and all things is a short and easy way to walk.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This is a must visit for anyone. Even if you are 1 or 100; disabled or abled. The reason i recommend it is, because it's in the middle of Amsterdam center, it cost nothing, it's amazingly quite and it is a good place to give you an idea how Amsterdam was about 100 years ago. Because the people who live... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Go through the door or the gate and leave the loud and commercial streets behind to explore this silent oasis with Amsterdam's oldest wooden house (15th century), two churches (Roman Catholic and English Presbyterian) and enjoy the fassades, the garden and the piece.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

An oasis of calm in a busy city, Begijnhof is a fascinating insight into what lengths a number of Catholic women went to in order to preserve their way of life after the Netherlands turned Protestant. The Protestant chapel in the middle is great in its own right - but don't miss the tiny, hidden Catholic chapel inside a couple... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

A quiet place in a busy area. It seems like paradise. The church was closed because it has a concert Be sure to find the door to enter

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I walked through the Begijnhof on a quiet weekday in the rain. It was so peaceful (other than the giant tour groups!) and I enjoyed sitting on the brick wall just meditating on Amsterdam. Beautiful houses in this hidden square.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This charming former convent features small houses around a wonderful green inner courtyard. It is an oasis of calm amongst the crowds of an Amsterdam summer. Take a break from shopping and visit the grounds and the church. Nowadays the houses are rented out to any single women who apply for them. But you have to be over 30.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Leave the chaos of citycenter behind. This special place is full of peace, respect and story. Is still perfect and clean.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

"Begijnen" were women with a special religious status in the 15th. Century. They were independent from men, though not nuns and they were free to trade and make money for themselves. They lived in secluded areas where children but no men were allowed. Therefor they lived protected. This place is one of these havens (hoven) for Begijnen. It is still... More 

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