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Begijnhof en Kapel, Amsterdam

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The Begijnhof lies hidden away from the noisy shopping street Kalverstraat , next to the History Museum. Most of the houses in this area were built in the 17th Century; the oldest one here dating back to 1475. Wooden establishments slowly disappeared because the city forbade their construction in order to prevent fire in the densely populated inner city. The courtyards were created by small religious communities in an attempt to retreat from the world and live their own isolated lives. The Begijnen - a Catholic order - was only tolerated after the Reformation in the 16th Century. Only single women were allowed in the Begijnhof to lead the life of a nun.