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Begijnhof

One of the oldest inner courts in the city
From 1307 onwards Begijnen have lived in Amsterdam. Two city fires burned down the Begijnhof and the church, but they were restored and the Begijnhof was made bigger. In about 1150, a group of women came together to live in a religious community, primarily to look after the sick. These were, in effect, the first ‘Beguines’ although the name was not yet used. The women were not nuns and nor did they live in the seclusion of a convent. They had no founders nor did they make lifelong vows. They did have to be unmarried, to make a vow of chastity and to promise obedience to the parish priest, but since they were not expected to make a vow of poverty, they were free to dispose of their own possessions. They could renounce their vows at any moment and leave the Beguinage, for instance, to get married. Nowadays you can visit this quiet garden in the middle of the busy streets of Amsterdam. Read more about the history on the website.

Opening Times

Daily from 9am-5pm
The chapel is opened: Monday: 1pm-6.30pm, Tuesday - Friday: 9am-6.30pm Saturday - Sunday: 9am-6pm.
Begijnhof 34-35,1012 WV Amsterdam