Tags : Garden & Park
Timings : Summer (April 1 - September 30)
Monday - Sunday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Winter (October 1 - March 31)
Monday - Sunday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Entry Fee : Free
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Begijnhof is a historic inner courtyard located in the center of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Here one can experience its peaceful atmosphere, surrounded by charming old buildings, and learn about the lives of the Beguines, a religious sisterhood that lived there for centuries.
The entry is almost hidden, but you can find it if you look hard enough on the Begijnensteeg, near the Kalverstraat. Begijnhof is a cluster of houses built around a courtyard and garden by Beguines - a group of unmarried religious women which lived in a close community. The central green space of Begijnhof is often referred to as a "secret garden" due to its peaceful atmosphere and hidden location. The Chapel of Our Lord in the Attic, which is the focal point of the courtyard is covered with beautiful and noteworthy murals, making a visit there worthwhile. These murals offer a window into the Beguines' lives as well as the religious and cultural heritage of Amsterdam. Begijnhof has a rich history dating back to the 14th century.Today, the courtyard is home to a small community of women who live in the charming old buildings surrounding the central green space.
It was constructed first in the 14th century, and in the centre of the courtyard is the Engelse Kerk, the chapel which also has very elaborate depictions on it's panels. Begijnhof provides a unique alternative to the bustling city life. Spending a while here is truly a blissful experience.
Other Important Objective Information : Visitors are not allowed inside the buildings, but the central green space and the Chapel of Our Lord in the Attic can be visited. Visitors are asked to be respectful of the residents and the peaceful atmosphere of the courtyard during their visit.
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