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Tucked away just off Spui, this delightful collection of houses arranged around an open court is well worth searching out.
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
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Gedempte Begijnensloot, 1012 RM Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 622 1918
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It is very impressive to be kept like it. It has a very interesting history. It is a special place to visit.

Thank coolbs
Reviewed 2 days ago

We were staying close by but it would be easy to miss this peaceful area. It must have been a haven for some strong women in the past.

Thank Finchduck1981
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

You enter this courtyard from an arched door. There's a small garden and two chapels, which can be visited. When I went only the begijnhof kapel was open. Simple quiet place where to spend 5/10 minutes.

Thank GemmaAlbenga
Reviewed 4 days ago

This peaceful little neighborhood is a step back in time. This was an area where single or widowed women lived as a community. It is worth the visit.

Thank chasetravelers
Reviewed 6 days ago

Interesting back-story and worth a ten-minute visit to get the feel of the place (early to avoid the crowds), but that's pretty much all there is to it.

Thank Martin_Ridgway
Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked around the Begijnhof square. Love the fact this was built for women and still only single women can live her. 30 year waiting list

Thank Beverly K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I found this to be a lovely spot. Historic buildings, a moment of times gone by that have stood the test to now.

Thank Nelson252
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here on our walking tour and learned about the area. It was once only for women to live there with the sisters of the church and if I remember correctly, it still is for female residents.

Thank CaliforniaEnr
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even though it's pretty much all outdoors it instills a need to whisper as if one enters a sanctuary. Did you have that feeling too? Not just here, but in many like places, little court yards, originally meant for religious contemplation (a convent) and later...More

Thank HCovik
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

two entrances lead you to the amazing inner yard. its history goes back 500 years... so moving to stand in a place that exists for so many years, still active with its original purposes. its history displayed clearly when entering the yard. no line, no...More

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Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods
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October 28, 2017|
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Response from Steve C | Reviewed this property |
I believe that it is owned by their religious order. and it functions as a retirement facility for older women of that order. I gather they are slowly passing and there are no replacements.
April 10, 2017|
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Response from Judith B | Reviewed this property |
It's open from 9 to 5 officially. But I have gone in later
December 28, 2016|
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Response from ABNKC | Reviewed this property |
It's too soon to say exact times for Easter but apparently the High Mass is at 12.15 and is held partly in English. Walking time is approximately 10 minutes from your hotel.