Photo Essay- Amsterdam’s Begijnhof

The Begiijnhof is my favorite spot in Amsterdam. Amid the city’s frenetic activity, this place has a placid, almost holy feel. These courtyards are prevalent throughout the low countries and were used as a place for the religiously devout to care for the women, the indigent and the elderly for hundreds of years. Amsterdam’s Begijnhof is special, since it holds the city’s oldest wooden house (restored) dating from 1528. It also contains a ‘clandestine’ church as well as more traditional chapel known as the ‘English Church’.

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Entrance off of Spui

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Inside the English Reformed Church

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Houten Haus (Wooden House)

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