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Begijnhof

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Neighborhood: Dam Square
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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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Lovely neighbourhood

Lovely place, a nice garden with typical houses around the yard, a quiet place to relax in the middle of the busy city. There is almost a hidden entrance to a small quite old but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Lovely place, a nice garden with typical houses around the yard, a quiet place to relax in the middle of the busy city. There is almost a hidden entrance to a small quite old but beautiful chapel.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Located behind the Amsterdam Museum, this oasis corner brings one to a moment of rest, of peace, away from the busy shopping street of Kalverstraat. Catholic or not , the small chapel gives one a time to repose, reflect and pray while admiring the architect of the past. The houses around the compound are still inhabited but not open for... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We visited here a few times. It is hard to find - even when the sign says "0.1". There are 2 entrances, one from the Spui thorugh a doorway and the other round the side down a passage. The houses inside are really nice and the whole area is quiet and peaceful. We visited the newer chapel - excited to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Imagine a small-scale garden, pretty as a picture in the spring, entered by 2 almost secret gates; a place of peace and quiet. And this right in the centre of Amsterdam? Imagine two small village churches (one almost concealed) with quaint cottage dwellings surrounding the square -this really must be the village of Amsterdam. Next door is the Amsterdam museum,... More 

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Murcia, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Set aside as a quarter for the bequines a Catholic sisterhood, who nursed the sick and undertook charity work in return for accommodation. Lovely houses around a courtyard and the church. Well worth a visit.

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Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

When you entered the place, you will see classic Amsterdam houses and in the middle a cute small church which will make you feel as if you traveled to a small village. A small tranquil escape from the city.

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Oradea, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

This place was on our "to visit" list in Amsterdam. This is a great spot by the shopping district, hidden in the center of the city, to stop and relax. Very quiet and pleasant. A must visit if in Amsterdam.

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Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

You need to seek this place out as it is hidden away. As you leave the busy commercial area and pass through the gates into the enclosure there is an immediate change of atmosphere. The history of the women who came together to live independently and safely over the centuries is fascinating. I first visited here years ago and since... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 via mobile

The Begijnhof is a private courtyard made up of fantastic old narrow Dutch houses around a church and 2 quiet garden areas. originally occupied by nuns, the houses were all restored by one of the queens' charities and are now occupied by widows. a peaceful pocket in the middle of Amsterdam's centre

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Although Begijnhof no longer has claim to the oldest house in Amsterdam (nr 34) it is still worth of a top place in your sites/attractions to visit in Amsterdam. The entrance and exit (s) are hidden away and you might have to ask a local person for help, but once inside the square you will understand what it is all... More 

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