Begijnhof, Amsterdam

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One of the city's oldest enclosed courtyards, Begijnhof is surrounded by several historical buildings. This inner courtyard dates back to the 14th century and is situated on the Singel canal. View the characteristically Dutch-Gothic wooden homes of this medieval square, including the oldest wooden house in Amsterdam, Het Houten Huis, which was built in the Middle Ages. See the old courtyard gate, built in 1574, as well as the 19th-century gatehouse. If you walk along the southern edge of the courtyard, you can more closely see the features of the 15th-century English Church with its original medieval tower. Put Begijnhof into our Amsterdam trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Amsterdam.
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  • Though there isn’t much to see, I somehow love the Begijnhof. This medieval inner courtyard encircled by rows of brown and white houses dates back several centuries and is where the Catholic women... 
    Though there isn’t much to see, I somehow love the Begijnhof. This medieval inner courtyard encircled by rows of brown and white houses dates back several centuries and is where the Catholic women...  more »
  • We struggled to find it- our fault, our map was basic- but I'm so glad we finally did. It's amazing to walk in and feel the peace. The chapel was beautiful, and the Houten Huys (one of the oldest in.....  more
    We struggled to find it- our fault, our map was basic- but I'm so glad we finally did. It's amazing to walk in and feel the peace. The chapel was beautiful, and the Houten Huys (one of the oldest in.....  more »

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