Amsterdam has many courtyards but there is only one in the old city centre-the Begijnhof. This is not an ordinary courtyard ... More
English Reformed Church
Amsterdam has many courtyards but there is only one in the old city centre-the Begijnhof. This is not an ordinary courtyard but more like a monastery. The Begijnhof was the only Catholic institution that still in existence after the Alteration in 1578. In 1607 the chapel had to be given to the English Presbyterians. From that moment on the church on the Begijnhof has been called the 'English Reformed Church.' During the city fires of 1421 and 1452 the church suffered severe damage. The chapel was completely renovated in 1912 and 1967 which was as old as dating back to 1650.
The church services there are very welcoming. For it is a lovely way to rub elbows with local English-speaking expat Christians as well other tourists during your visit to Amsterdam. Small "country" church with excellent organist.
This small garden is located near the Amsterdam Historical Museum and University of Amsterdam. This little garden is secluded and hard to find if your not looking for it. The first time I went to the garden, I stumbled upon it. I have seen the garden in the winter spring and summer. Each season has something to offer you when you visit. As you walk into the garden you will notice a small circular path surrounded by centruries old houses with each house having their own personal garden. In the middle of this garden is a grassy area with huge trees towering skyward. As you stroll around the garden you will find an old moss covered church, which is still being used today. I actually witnessed a wedding at this chapel last time I stopped in. Don't be surprised to see flowers the size of your head and colors that only god could create.