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Amsterdam. Begijnhof

One of the most extraordinary places in the center of Amsterdam can be found behind a door on Spuiplein. It leads to the Begijnhof (Beguinage), a medieval inner courtyard where the women of the Catholic sisterhood lived.It is unclear when exactly, but the Beguinage was established somewhere in the 14th century to house the Begijnen. These women lived like nuns but were more independent and had more freedom. The Catholic faith was banned in the 16th century. The Begijnhof was the only Catholic institution that continued to exist because the houses were the private property of the women. They did have to give up the chapel. A new, so-called ‘hidden church’ was later built behind the facades of several residences. You can still visit it today.
Cornelia Arens was the most famous Beguine who lived here. She wanted to be buried not in church but in the gutter. Despite her wishes, she was buried in the church. The next morning her casket was no longer in the church but rather in the gutter, as she had wished. This reoccurred several times until it was decided to make her last resting place in the gutter.
The last Beguine passed away in 1971. The houses off the courtyard are still residences but there are no more Beguines here.

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Brenda02-Nov-2020 21:33
Such a peaceful place to visit! V
Anna & Christian RECK01-Nov-2020 15:54
In this famous place we can see the oldest wooden house (Het Houten Huys) built in 1528 Have you seen it ? BV. Anna
victorswan30-Oct-2020 19:46
great POV the facades and roof decoration are just great a very static style which shows how amsterdam was a prosperous trading city in the earlier centuries,a lovely image Jose BV
Martin Lamoon30-Oct-2020 18:53
An interesting history, Great capture of these buildings.
Walter Otto Koenig30-Oct-2020 18:32
Wonderful view of these old houses. Really like this architecture. "V"
Pierre Martin30-Oct-2020 18:28
such a beautiful place, great presentation!
Tom Munson30-Oct-2020 18:18
Nice shot Jose, of this beautiful building.
Nestor Derkach30-Oct-2020 17:38
These buildings are amazing and the sky is as well.
Nice point of view getting the sculpture into the scene.
Abundant information as well.
Antony Swiderski30-Oct-2020 16:14
Great image a very typical for Amsterdam................V
janescottcumming30-Oct-2020 16:11
Such an interesting story! Glad she got to stay where she wanted to be.
Industrial Heritage30-Oct-2020 13:53
Very lovely with that grass in front
Graeme30-Oct-2020 13:07
Interesting composition of this beautiful building, Jose.V
KAI-WING LEUNG30-Oct-2020 13:04
Very nice capture of the beautiul buildings with interesting history! V
John Hamers30-Oct-2020 12:15
Great capture of the houses and sculpture and intersting info. !V
Viviane30-Oct-2020 10:44
Wonderful architecture and much appreciated information of the Beguines.
Paco López30-Oct-2020 04:45
Que bonitas fachadas! V!
laine30-Oct-2020 04:27
An interesting history, Jose....lovely photo. V
Helen Betts30-Oct-2020 04:20
A fine capture of this place, and such an interesting history. V.
Gill Kopy30-Oct-2020 03:44
What an interesting story - I'm glad Comelia got buried where she wished :) Great shot V
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