The Begijnhof (Beguine Court) is an enclosed courtyard in Amsterdam dating from the early 14th century. It includes several interesting religious sites and provides an serene oasis just a block from the screeching of trams stopping next to the bustling Spui square.
The Begijnhof consists of tiny houses grouped around a well-kept courtyard. It was originally built in the 14th century as a convent for the Begijntes (Beguines), a lay Catholic order of unmarried or widowed women – of which there were many as a result of the Crusades' efficiency in killing off men – who lived a religious life without taking monastic vows.
One resident, Cornelia Arens, so loved this spot that she asked to be buried in the gutter here in 1654. She lies under the slab of red granite on the walkway on the left side of De Engelse Kerk. The last true Beguine to live here died in the 1970s.
No. 34 is the oldest house in Amsterdam, dating from 1465. It is one of only two remaining wooden houses in the city center. After a series of disastrous fires, laws were passed in the 15th century forbidding the construction of buildings made entirely of timber.
Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands, located in the province of North Holland in the west of the country. The city, which had a population of 747,290 on 1 January 2008, comprises the northern part of the Randstad, the 6th-largest metropolitan area in Europe, with a population of around 6.7 million.
Its name is derived from Amstel dam,indicative of the city's origin: a dam in the river Amstel where the Dam Square is today. Settled as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age, a result of its innovative developments in trade. During that time, the city was the leading centre for finance and diamonds. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the city expanded and many new neighbourhoods and suburbs were formed.
The city is the financial and cultural capital of the Netherlands. Many large Dutch institutions have their headquarters there, and 7 of the world's top 500 companies, including Philips and ING, are based in the city. The Amsterdam Stock Exchange, part of Euronext, is located in the city centre. Amsterdam's main attractions, including its historic canals, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, its red-light district and its many cannabis coffee shops, draw 4.2 million tourists annually.
(Source: Amsterdam info & sacred-destinations.com & wikipedia)
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jhm (135656) 2009-02-28 1:40
Again a very nice photograph of Amsterdam
I find your title very suitable "Sunlight, silence, harmony"
Splendid winter picture pleasant for look at.
nice composition good perspective.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
KLB (23723) 2009-02-28 1:43
A really appealing picture.
A slightly different view from what is usually presented from Amsterdam, it's original and that changes from the typical channels of the city.
The composition is elegant and perfectly thought with the nude branches occupying each corner of the image, and the path leads the eyes to the marvelous architecture.
The light is well managed and offer soft and natural colors.
A very pleasant image.
jurek1951 (40949) 2009-02-28 1:43
Excellent POV. and details. very sharpness and beautiful architecture and excellent work,
snunney (79973) 2009-02-28 1:46
Fine composition with good point of view, which well suits the vertical format. Very good lighting to bring out the tones and textures in the lovely architecture to good effect and also offers some interesting shadow play.
aadilj (18102) 2009-02-28 1:48
Hi geaorge, this one is superb as well and very well composed with the tree and the building. I like the overall appeal
Buin (42260) 2009-02-28 1:58
I've seen the Begijnhof in Brügge (Bruges), also a wonderful and fascinating place in the loud city. Your photo shows the same wonderful and inviting atmosphere which couldn't be described better than in your title.
The title couldn't be better!
Greetings from Germany - and have a nice weekend!
Cretense (68685) 2009-02-28 2:31
Excellent title for this fantastic architecture photo, with an excellent and well studied composition! Great tight framing, perfect light managment, beautiful colours and very impressive sharpness! Congratulations!
jjcordier (73602) 2009-02-28 2:36
Un endroit merveilleux où il fait bon passer quelques instants pour se ressourcer après une course folle au milieu des canaux. Tu as bénéficié d'une belle lumière et surtout trouvé un excellent POV pour mettre en valeur la beauté de ce béguinage.
jlbrthnn (79791) 2009-02-28 2:47
It is a place of urban life enviable which one can only dream. Framing as well as possible uses the alley and the fence. The light and the colors are perfect. Good clearness, pleasant work.
Have a nice day
ymrk (14955) 2009-02-28 3:13
What a great sharpness!Very well edits in here.Good management,different details!
Have a nice Saturdays,
paura (47166) 2009-02-28 4:20
Absolutely artistic composition here, friend. An excellent point of view and composition to show the very beautiful plane. Nice pp job. well done, friend!
Have a nice weekend!
mesutilgim (80464) 2009-02-28 7:18
Hi dear George,
Very good pov and wonderfull light. Strong wintery sun created here very nice shadows, which again was the reason of a unique graphism again.
Good and usefull notes.
TFS and best regards
Gerrit (44623) 2009-02-28 9:49
That's another fine corner of the Begijnhof, George.
And another fine one in this great series.
pauloog (11747) 2009-02-28 11:06
I remember my visit to teh Begijnhog with its spevcial quite atmosphere. You have rendered that very wellwith the enclosure and the tree adding to an excellent composition.
npecanhuk (61446) 2009-02-28 11:56
Lovely composition with a great romantic feeling!
Trees and buildings in superb harmony!
Excellent sharpness and exposure!
I really like it!
TFS - Congratulations!
dip (23526) 2009-02-28 12:08
the title says all,very well seen and composed!
TopGeo (38192) 2009-02-28 12:45
Hi George! A vertical frame with a composition of architecture impressive, Good the detail of tree of lamp and prospect that imports the look. Excellent work!
Have a nice weekend,
ChrisJ (94828) 2009-02-28 17:11
The tree at right adds depth, frames the scene nicely, & provides good graphism against the sky. The path adds superb diminishing linear perspective. Well done!
ifanik (21679) 2009-03-01 0:11
This is very beautiful photo with great colours and light
The contrast ant the sharpness are very good
Well done my friend
hay_kes (30436) 2009-03-01 0:50
What a superb photo vith excellent POV, light and perspective.TFS.
Have a nice sunday,
asajernigan (20572) 2009-03-01 6:47
This is a great photo! The use of light and shadow here adds nice contrast to the scene. The colors are fine with excellent sharpness and detail. The trees provide nice framing and depth for the scene.
bobocortis (15946) 2009-03-01 11:21
The branches frame nicely this urban view.
The little alley gives a great perspective and the red, blue, white and green paints are well coupled.
Graal (95559) 2009-03-01 23:51
Jó napot George,
another interesting backstreet and informations about this place in Amsterdam. Well done photo. I like it.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-03-02
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon Digital EOS350D
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2009-02-28 1:23