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This picturesque little corner of Amsterdam dates back to the Middle Ages, which explains the fact that this courtyard and complex of tall town houses is a full metre lower than the rest of the surrounding streets and buildings. This inner court takes its name from the Beguines, Catholic women who lived as nuns, who lived here from the 14th century. This place is a wonderfully restored, pristine place to see typical Amsterdam homes, and some have even kept their ancient, wooden facades. The most famous Wooden House dates as far back as 1528. The Begijnhof is also home to Amsterdams English Reformed Church, which contains several pulpit panels designed by Piet Mondrian. Enter this peaceful enclave from Gedempte Begijnensloot street, or via a small gate from Spui street. Entrance is free.
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