The Begijnhof

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The ‘Begijnhof’ is one of the most beautiful places in Amsterdam. It’s an inner court that dates from around 1300 with typical Amsterdam-style houses. The Begijnhof has a fascinating history with many historical events, the sisterhood of Catholics and even miracles.

Sisterhood of Catholics

The women that joined the sisterhood of Catholics were called ‘begijnen’. These were women who lived like nuns without ever taken an oath to God. This sisterhood of Catholics cared for the sick and gave education to the poor. They had their own set of rules and were for instance allowed to leave the sisterhood to get married.

Opening Hours of Begijnhof

The Begijnhof is open every day between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take into account that the Begijnhof is private possession and a place of silence. You can join a tour at the local tourist information office (VVV) and learn more about the miracles that have taken place here.

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