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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besnard (53754) 2009-03-10 2:48
Un joli cliché avec ces maisons typique, un air de grand calme, tout pour plaire.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
snunney (84805) 2009-03-10 2:56
I like the point of view you have chosen here looking across at the angle formed by the two terraces. The interesting sky offers a pleasant ambient light that brings out thy detail in the architecture to good effect.
KLB (23723) 2009-03-10 3:04
A different view but not less appealing on The Begijnhof. It's elegantly presented, with the branches at the top of the frame to underline the roofs.
This courtyard is really beautiful, and your point of view is perfect to appreciate the architecture.
You retranscribe a silent and peaceful mood, thanks.
npecanhuk (66276) 2009-03-10 3:07
Again, such a beautiful and pleasant picture with attractive dutch architecture, excellent sharpness, correct exposure, natural and beautiful colors, great composition!
I does look tranquil, peaceful and calm!
TFS - Congratulations!
paura (47166) 2009-03-10 4:20
Uma beleza de fotografia, amigo, mostrando esse lindo ambiente urbano de forma competente e bem captado. Beleza de trabalho.
Photo65Net (43120) 2009-03-10 4:23
Nice architecture, I liek a lot the natural mood.
Have a nice day,
ChrisJ (99180) 2009-03-10 4:43
I like the perspective formed by the 2 sides of the buildings converging in an right angled /\ shape. Good colour, sharpness, & repetition of geometric patterns, & shapes. Tfs!
jlbrthnn (76037) 2009-03-10 5:19
These superb frontages always surprise by the size of the windows and the absence of shutters. To undoubtedly let enter the light and heat. Excellent realization, framing and colors are perfect. Cheer.
Have a nice ay
jjcordier (76850) 2009-03-10 5:53
Tu as bien photographié cet havre de paix et de calme au milieu de l'agitation d'Amsterdam.
portmanndominic (2400) 2009-03-10 6:40
like you firts post in the beguins court this is a beautiful POV wit useful not and very efecvtive manage of the lights
asajernigan (21294) 2009-03-10 7:04
Your chose a great POV for this shot using the angles of the two rows of buildings to lead the eye to the center of the shot. The inclusion of the courtyard adds nice color to the shot. The lighting and colors are excellent with nice sharpness and DOF.
The overhanging branches provide nice framing and depth for the scene.
bona (12841) 2009-03-10 7:40
Nice place. Lovely colors. It looks a goos place to live.
danos (87451) 2009-03-10 7:47
really this is a tranquil courtyard,to be surrounded from all these beautiful houses.I like the architectural style of the buildings,as the vivid colours and the brilliant light of the shot.Well done.
Have a nice afternoon,Danos
TGULUMSER (13252) 2009-03-10 10:28
A very nice view reflecting the beauty of interesting architecture in this region,
bostankorkulugu (42080) 2009-03-10 11:00
a beautiful postcard of the city in a balanced compo and in vivid colours... good job george...
xavshot (69835) 2009-03-10 11:35
tu as profiter d'une belle journée pour rendre cette succession de façade. Belle composition.
Gerrit (48220) 2009-03-10 13:16
Yes a fine place to dwell. Well taken in great light.
Scharan (14144) 2009-03-10 13:45
Belas casas com seus muitos e belos detalhes de arquitetura. Gosto do colorido dos telhados. Interessante composição e cores contrastantes.
pablominto (53744) 2009-03-11 0:51
A pleasant green spot with wild flowers, a tranquil getaway in the middle of the city!
The atmosphere is well recorded and the details in the old architecture is a treat to my eyes...
A well composed presentation with good details!
mauro61 (52623) 2009-03-11 3:05
uno scatto che definirei intimo...
Tutto centrato sulla architettura e piacevolmente ravvivato dal verde del giardino e dal cielo.
un caro saluto
Graal (97813) 2009-03-11 8:42
Jó napot George,
nice old architecture, fine view from courtyard side. Superb quality of photo. I like it.
rey316 (24) 2009-03-11 8:50
I like this photo. Good colours
gildasjan (41626) 2009-03-11 9:54
Très bon accord de couleurs entre l'architecture et ce ciel bleu.
bobocortis (15946) 2009-03-11 13:04
What a nice urban scape. It's difficult to realize the shot is taken in a great town!
The paints are well coupled and the branches are a good frame to the facades.
hay_kes (30436) 2009-03-11 23:55
What a superb architectural view vith excellent POV, light and perspective.TFS.
Have a nice day,
Greg1949 (9011) 2009-03-12 6:03
This is good George, I like being able to see the bottom of the buildings and for Amsterdam to not have a canal in the fg is really unusual to us outsiders. Great capture.
jemaflor (85428) 2009-03-12 12:29
Nice houses taken with a good light, nice colours and contrast, lovely place.
danyy (0) 2009-03-13 12:48
elle respire bien la tranquilité cette photo, cadrée comme elle l'est, rien ne perturbe l'esthétique paisible de cette petie place intérieure.
Un joli ciel surplombr le tout.
- 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/11, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2009-03-10 2:42