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“Lovely Little Oasis” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Begijnhof

Begijnhof
Gedempte Begijnensloot, 1012 RM Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Centrum)
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Ranked #32 of 397 things to do in Amsterdam
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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.
Fresno, California, United States
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“Lovely Little Oasis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Stepping through the doorway into the Begijnhof was such a surprise. It is beautiful and so, so quiet compared to the busy streets outside. The city's oldest house is tucked in there-one of two remaining wooden houses in Amsterdam. Read the story of Cornelia Arents before you go to understand why she is buried in the gutter instead of the church.

Visited May 2014
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“Sweet”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

My parents and I popped into here during our 5 nights in Amsterdam. Very sweet and attractive. You do however have to respect the rules and wishes of the residents: no photos, no dogs, no cycles etc. was personally pleased to see that the English Reformed Church is currently occupied by my particular denomination, the Church of Scotland.

Visited June 2014
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“Nice to see a bit of lawn”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Interesting to visit but there's nowhere to sit and enjoy. Great for quirky camera shots. Look for the little plaques on the walls and see if you can find the almost secret door if you do go in via the Amsterdam museum.

Visited June 2014
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“Surreal!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I have just visited here a couple of hours ago and it was exactly what I had read. A calm, serene, quaint little are in the middle of a busking square. To the untrained eye (or Amsterdam traveller) you wouldn't know this place existed, however it is I'm the top ten attractions of Amsterdam! Years ago it was where single women lived pretty much like Nuns, just minus the Monastic vows. It has been destroyed I believe in fires and re-built but it is still as beautiful as the original. And to this day single women still inhabit the are living in the exact same way, carrying out the tradition. There is a small chapel and church where you can light a candle (a particular tradition of mine!!!!!) It also boasts the oldest house in Amsterdam. It was. Ice to see everyone paying their respect by keeping quiet and treating it with the respect it deserves. However there was a family with unruly children getting quite a few looks due to the kids running and screaming. So a word of advice if hound have kids, just keep them quiet for the brief visit!!!!! Suitable for everyone!!!!!

Visited June 2014
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“Hard to find!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This is not a place that you will want to spend a long time at, but it's a wonderful example of a historical "gated community". It is also very pretty. Most importantly, it is lived in by residents who are tolerant, so don't take advantage!

Visited June 2014
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