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Begijnhof

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Begijnhof.

Begijnhof features in these preplanned City Guides:

3-day Amsterdam City Guide5-day Amsterdam City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • The city's oldest house
  • Calm, peaceful oasis

Time required: 30 minutes

Phone: +31 20 622 19 18

Web site: http://www.begijnhofamst...

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
Daily: 9am - 5pm

Admission:

Ticket type Charge
General: Free

Public transport:

  • Tram Line 1: Spui stop
  • Tram Line 2: Spui stop
  • Tram Line 5: Spui stop

Address: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 373, 1012 RM, Amsterdam

Things you need to know:

  • Begijnhof is a leafy garden courtyard in central Amsterdam that is the original epicenter of the city from which it expanded
  • The houses belonged to Begijn, a lay Roman Chatolic sisterhood living in a loose semi-monastic community but without formal vows
  • No. 34, Het Houten Huis, is the city's oldest house and one of two remaining timber houses. Timber houses were banned in 1521 after a series of catastrophic fires
  • No. 30 is the Begijn Chaple (Begijnhofkapel) the sisterhood's chapel built in 1671
  • Begijnhof remained active even arter 1578 when the city converted from Catholicism to Protestantism. The last Begijn died in 1971
  • The central church is the English Church (Engelse Kerk)
  • Today the houses are privately owned.

What to do there:

  • The entrance can be found on Gedempte Begijnensloot
  • Enter the wooden door and you will feel like in an oasis of silence
  • Walk around and look around in the peaceful courtyard
  • Enter the Chatolic chapel to see a stained glass window of the Pilgrims praying before boarding the Mayflower

Tips & Insights:

  • Please respect the tranquility of the place

 

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Begijnhof features in these preplanned City Guides: