Friday, 10 August 2012

Begijnhof Courtyard, a women's space in Amsterdam




Amsterdam


Tucked away behind a small arched doorway, this lovely residential courtyard feels a world away from the bustling streets of Amsterdam which surround it.

It was originally built for a sisterhood of Catholic women - not nuns, although they lived in similar isolation. While it's no longer restricted to Catholics, the apartments around the courtyard are still made available exclusively to women. Even with the influx of tourists, it still felt like a serene and comfortable place, well suited to quiet contemplation - and certainly somewhere I could happily live. You're not really supposed to take photos inside the courtyard, so I'm afraid these pictures were taken in a clandestine rush!

Amsterdam

Amsterdam


8 comments:

Rachel said...

Well, that's a new one on me - and yes, it looks like a lovely place to live!

Judy Harper said...

Even seeing it through photos, it has a calming affect. A place to get away for peace.

Nicole {WonkyWonderful} said...

What a beautiful and relaxing spot tucked away from life's hustle & bustle. Visiting from SITS - Have a wonderful weekend :)

Meeha Meeha said...

Rachel, thank you for breaking the law by snapping these pics. The word for this place is SERENE, indeed, I feel my worries leaving me just by looking at the green courtyard...

Charlotte Klein said...

I'd never be able to tell you took them in a hurry--they are lovely, Rachel!

Holland is a place I'd love to revisit; when I do I will ask you for recommendations for sure :)

AVCr8teur said...

It's a lovely place. I'm glad you were able to take the pictures; otherwise, we wouldn't have been able to see the place.

christine said...

what a lovely idea - and it certainly looks peaceful:)

Fly Girl said...

What an unusual find! It looks charming and restorative.

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