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Begijnhof - The Wooden House, Amsterdam: 64 reviews and 131 photos
Visit the BEGIJNHOF - a quiet medieval oasis in the heart of Amsterdam!
The Begijnhof is an enclosed courtyard dating from the early 14th century. Hidden behind the busy Spui shopping strip, it's a surreal oasis of peace, with tiny houses grouped around a well-kept courtyard. The Begijnhof was formerly a convent inhabited by the Beguines, a Catholic order of unmarried or widowed women from wealthy families who cared for the elderly and lived a religious life without taking monastic vows; the last true Beguines died in the 1970s. One of the houses here dates from 1465, making it the oldest maintained wooden house in the country.
Address: Begijnhof - 1012 WS Amsterdam
Directions: Between DAM and Spui
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