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Begijnhof, Amsterdam

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expert-rated things to do in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:3.9 out of 5
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Couples, Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Seasoned travellers, Escaping the crowds, Relaxation

Expert review of Begijnhof

Tranquil, pristine spot in the middle of the city that dates back to the 14th century.

Pious Catholic women - Beguines - once lived in this wonderfully peaceful courtyard of handsome old gabled buildings overlooking a grassy triangle. Though the last Beguine died in 1971, single women still live in the houses, and the place retains a refined, spiritual air - for one thing, you're expected to be silent. A Roman Catholic chapel with an opulent interior is hidden behind a facade of houses. The more visible church within the courtyard is the Engelskerk, or English Reformed Church. Dating from the 15th century, it has long served Amsterdam's English-speaking population. The Engelskerk lays on around 100 chamber music concerts a year, some of which are free: see and links from the website for more details.

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Historic site, Religious site
Begijnhof, Amsterdam
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Visitors are welcome daily 9am-5pm.

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