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Begijnhof

Address: Gedempte Begijnensloot, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Dam Square)
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Ranked #22 of 246 Attractions in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Cultural
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner 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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Anaheim, California
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12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

I entered this area through a nondescript door in a busy part of the city near the Dam. Inside was a pleasant garden and two small churches, one with interesting stained glass windows about the Miracle of Amsterdam.

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Kutna Hora, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014 via mobile

Quiet place (hofje) which you don't expect in this area.One could be dissapointed,because it is nothing astonishing, but stay a while and you will feel the peace.There is also small cosy chapel,which you can visit and pray.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Went through here on a tour and it was a very small area; walked through it in less than 2 minutes. Nice greenery but not somewhere I would linger long since there are great parks all around the city. NOTE: There are rules that you must be totally quiet when walking through because people live here.

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Warsaw, Poland
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18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

It's an oasis of piece and quiet in a vibrant city. This small eclave is still inhabited by unmarried women. It really is unbelivable that such places still exist in the modern world. You might have a problem to find the entrance - there are two. One (typicla brownstone doors) at Spui and the second one near the Amsterdam Museum.

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Berlin, Germany
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I read about this place and I was very curious to find it, after walking around the area I found this hidden door, I opened and.... no scream, no noise... some houses and silence. I was lucky because I did not met a lot of tourist and I really enjoyed this place, a paradise in Amsterdam.

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Guildford Surrey
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Walk passed the American Bookstore and open the wooden door which leads to this beautiful little world. A tranquil little oasis in the midst of bustling Amsterdam. The Bequines used to live here but the last one died some years ago but the beautiful houses are still populated by women. The English Reform Church and the Roman Catholic Church face... More

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Belsele
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

this really is cute and you must have seen it. This takes you back into time ! when shopping in the kalverstraat and you need a break, go here. very quiet too.

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Sydney, Australia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

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

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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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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