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In the heart of Amsterdam, amongst the hustle and bustle of this grand city, lies a tranquil oasis called Begijnhof.
Begijnhof is an enclosed courtyard, surrounded by historical buildings, which can trace its history back to the 14th century. It is the oldest courtyard left in Amsterdam and was once a type of convent for a Catholic sect of women called the Begijntjes. The Beguine sisters did not take holy orders to become official nuns but often lived a very similar lifestyle. They devoted their lives to helping and educating the poor.
The level of the courtyard is lower than the surrounding neighbourhood. This was the level during medieval times when the courtyard was built and it has remained this way whereas the surrounding area h... read more