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Address: Gedempte Begijnensloot, 1012 RM Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 0206221918
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
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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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very peaceful and quite unique

Lovely peaceful place we visited on a Sunday morning. Unique history and so interesting to see that the houses of the Begijnhof are now inhabited by normal residents, but still... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 18, 2012
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Stonehaven, UK
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Stonehaven, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Lovely peaceful place we visited on a Sunday morning. Unique history and so interesting to see that the houses of the Begijnhof are now inhabited by normal residents, but still only women like in the old times. The chapel is worth visiting when you think it was originally two 'standard' houses connected between each other. Such a shame photos are... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

This historic square is a peaceful garden spot in the middle of the city. The American Pilgrim Fathers' church is here, along with a beautiful Catholic chapel. The neighborhood continues the tradition of only allowing women to live there. Be aware that photography is not allowed in the square.

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Zwolle, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

when you visit Amsterdam, do not loose this secret corner just in the center. You should enter from the door on the Spui, but you need to be there between 10 and 17. Behind the small door, houses and a chapel are disclosure. A step in the past.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012 via mobile

Very tranquil square hidden away from the hubbub of the city. Interesting buildings but no cameras are allowed as it is residential.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

An expensive department store. You can get a bigger choice with more medium and cheaper ranges in most other cities. Only go in if you are interested in designer gear at high prices.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

Not impressive. Nice green central courtyard area surrounded by homes for pious women who wanted a life of piety & service but didn't want to take the vows of a nun. Contains city's oldest wooden house, built 1477. Churches not open much.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

This well kept Hof is one of Amsterdam's best. Right in the center. There are a few more Hof's, which were all built to provide lodgings to old or widowed ladies. Just follows the Tripadvisor's self directed Jordaan tour in their Amsterdam smartphoen app.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012 via mobile

A beautiful quiet place to step into from the surrounding busyness. Well worth spending a few minutes here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

Hidden off the busy street of Kaalverstraat, this little gem of a neighbourhood is quite easy to miss. But step inside and get transported back to an era lost in time. Home still to many women, this collection of old houses and chapels is truly an oasis of calm in the city that is buzzing with life.

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Co. Donegal, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

It's not that big, there's not a lot to see, but it's charming, it's historical and despite the multitude of tourists ploughing through, you do feel like you've stepped out of the throngs for a moment. Well worth a visit if you're nearby, and if you're in Amsterdam you should be visiting this area!

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