Begijnhof Overview

The Begijnhofkapel (Beguinage Chapel) is a 17th-century church constructed as a secret place for meditation and prayer during the Reformation period. It contains a big picture with nine panes and stained-glass windows that convey the story of The Miracle of Amsterdam and awe visitors. It is one of the city's most valuable treasures, with significant religious and historical importance.

The Begijnhofkapel (Beguinage Chapel) is a highly regarded Roman Catholic chapel maintained by the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. Located in Amsterdam's Begijnhof, it is devoted to Saints John and Ursula and promotes religious and moral qualities among Amsterdam residents. A procession departing from this cathedral annually remembers The Miracle of Amsterdam.

The Begijnhofkapel was built as a hidden church in 1672 when the Roman Catholic Beguines were forced to cede control of their primary church to the Reformed Protestants during the Reformation. Explore the historical and spiritual significance of the Begijnhofkapel with our Europe tour packages. The chapel, which was designed by the Catholic architect Philips Vingboons, is renowned for its spectacular architecture as well as its historical and spiritual significance. Since it was constructed, it has undergone a number of renovations, including inside work on the paintings, lighting, statues, and windows.

The chapel features a gallery supported by six wooden columns and is divided into a left and a right half. Two side altars have paintings by Claes Corneliszoon Moeyaert and the main altar has the Miracle of Amsterdam painting. The chapel's gothic-style glass windows are another appealing element. This magnificent chapel attracts both historians and architects due to its remarkable Roman-influenced style.

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• Visit the Begijnhofkapel, which is a highly regarded Roman Catholic chapel, and seek the blessings of Saints John and Ursula.
• Attend the annual Miracle of Amsterdam procession, which begins from this cathedral on the second weekend of March, and meet thousands of Catholics from all over the country.
• Admire the amazing architecture of the chapel as well as its interiors, facade, frescoes, sculptures, and other features.
• Learn about the history of the Roman Catholic Beguines while exploring the chapel, and discover its historical significance.
• Admire paintings by Claes Corneliszoon Moeyaert and the Miracle of Amsterdam painting and be amazed to see the chapel's gothic-style glass windows.
• Attend a Sunday service and experience a spiritual connection in this sanctuary of serenity and tranquility.

How To Reach

By Subway: Begijnhofkapel, Begijnhof, is roughly 18 km from Amsterdam Airport. The subway trip from Amsterdam airport to Begijnhof takes about 52 minutes.

By Taxi: Taking a taxi from the airport to the chapel is the most convenient means, however, it will cost a bit high. You may get there in just 15 minutes from the airport. You can also opt for a rental car service from the airport.

By Bus: There is a direct bus that leaves from Schiphol, Airport B17, and runs every 15 minutes from Amsterdam airport. The journey takes approx. 32 minutes.

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Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Begijnhofkapel is in the afternoon because there won't be as many people there as most people go to church in the morning and evening. Weekends are busy, so plan your visit for the weekdays to enjoy a peaceful tour of the church. As services are offered on Sundays as well, you can visit on those days, but be ready to deal with the crowds.

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Architecture of Begijnhof

The ancient surviving houses of the begijnhof that date back to the 14 century are an epitome of the classic architecture of the ancient times. A fascinating collection of wall plaques with biblical themes throws light on the architecture theme of the past era. The English church in the southern fringe of the square also possesses the original medieval tower. A clandestine church, Begijnhof Chapel that opened its door for the people in 1680 also showcases the architecture of the catholic past that prevailed here.

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History of Begijnhof

The city is said to be founded in 14 century to offer abode to the beguines. These were the women that have a life much similar to that of a nun but had more freedom. The catholic faith got banned in the 16th century. It was then that the Begijnhof was the only Catholic institution that continued to exist as the houses were the private property of the beguine women living there.

Although the chapel was taken away from them. After some time though, hidden churches were also built behind many residences. These hidden churches exist in the present era and can be visited too. There are no more existing beguines now but the houses of the courtyard are still residences.

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Places to Visit Near Begijnhof

1. Amsterdam Museum: The Amsterdam Museum, formerly known as the Amsterdam Historical Museum, is a museum devoted to the city's past and present. It is home to over 100,000 objects that have been gathered over nearly five centuries. This led to the creation of a varied collection of items, ranging from royal portraits, paintings, sculptures, and artifacts to the wedding bands from the first gay wedding in history.

2. Royal Palace: One of the most important historical structures in the Netherlands, the Royal Palace, serves as King Willem-royal Alexander's reception palace. All significant royal family events now take place at the Palace, including weddings, gala dinners, and award presentations. The palace contains several collections belonging to Louis Napoleon, William I, and William II. Even though it is in use for official purposes, tourists are welcome every day from 10 am to 5 pm. 

3. Madame Tussauds: The Madame Tussauds Museum in Dam Square is an amazing attraction located near the chapel where you can spend many hours posing for pictures with wax copies of your favorite celebrities. Near life-size wax figures of well-known people from all over the world are kept there, including William of Orange, Barack Obama, Beyonce, the Dalai Lama, Mahatma Gandhi, and many others. Additionally, it amuses you with a breathtaking view of the city from its upper-floor windows and fun multimedia activities.

4. Ripley’s Believe It or Not : Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum in Amsterdam is a place where you can have some strange and amazing experiences. It has 19 thematic galleries with a wide variety of rare and distinctive items, interactive exhibits, antiques, spectacular artwork, odd animals, pop-culture relics, and hands-on activities. You'll discover stories about people and places that are incredibly hard to believe but are definitely true!

5. Bloemenmarkt: Bloemenmarkt, a floating flower market on Singel, is only 100 meters away. It is a renowned tourist attraction where bulbs may be purchased and transported directly abroad. The shops here have a great collection of gifts and souvenirs made in Holland. On the opposite side of the little street, there is a unique array of boutiques and cafés, including the Christmas Palace store, where you can buy holiday decorations every day of the year!

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Places to Eat Near Begijnhof

With several dining options offering distinct cuisines at their place, Begijnhof never leaves behind to treat its visitors with lip smacking food. Check out the best restaurants nestled here to feast on a fulfilling meal on your tour to begijnhof.

1. Restaurant Tomaz: A cozy dining place that serves traditional Dutch food is a perfect place to dine in. The staff is also very welcoming and the ingredients used are mostly organic and fresh. The place is open from 12 PM to 11 PM.

2. Vaaso: this romantic dinner place offers scrumptious food and does justice with the price it charges. The authentic Italian food and soothing aura are perfect for an exceptional dining experience on your tours.

3. Gartine: the meals at this place won’t burn a hole in your pocket. They offer the best brunches in the city at prices so good that one can’t imagine. Some of their recommended dishes by the visitors here are their French toast, eggs benedict and many others.

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Places to Stay Near Begijnhof

The historic center of Amsterdam is abode to many beautiful hotels that are worth spending the night in. select from the below mentioned great hotels that are fit for every category of the guest.

1. W Amsterdam: This extravagant hotel offers world-class accommodation to its guests. With a variety of guest rooms and suites, this hotel brags its heated rooftop pool, AWAY Spa, FIT gym, rooftop lounge bar, and many other facilities. This hotel is located just a kilometre away from the central station and many other public conveniences.

2. Hotel Estherea: Nestled in a tranquil aura this hotel is a perfect blend of state of the art amenities and classy is located only three hundred meters away from dam square. One can feast on the complimentary tea, coffee or hot chocolate in the lounge enjoying canal view. Many famed tourist destinations, shopping areas, cafes, and restaurants are located in the vicinity of the hotel.

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Begijnhof FAQs

What is Begijnhof famous for?

Begijnhof is famous for its restored wooden houses that represent a significant part of the history of this place. It is also famous for its wooden churches that are the Catholic Houten Huys and the English reformed church.

Can you take photos in Begijnhof?

Begijnhof being a spiritual center and a private property, clicking photos are not allowed at this place. Apart from these dogs, filming and many other things and activities are prohibited here. One can go through the signs posted at the entrance of begijnhof.

Is Begijnhof worth visiting?

This place is worth spending every penny of your vacation. The tranquillity in the churches and the remains of the ancient wooden houses where the begijn females used to live gives one insight into the rich history of Begijnhof. Stroll on the path indicated for tourists and offer prayers at the chapel during its visiting hours.

Should you buy Begijnhof tickets in advance?

For easy exploration and no end time hustle it’s better to buy your tickets in advance before visiting this place.

How long do you need at the Begijnhof?

Begijnhof can take up to a maximum of two to three hours for its complete exploration. Stroll around the marked paths and witness the rich history of this place.

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