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Amsterdam

Dating back to the 14th century, the tranquil courtyard of the Begijnhof is surrounded by the bustle of Kalverstraat, Spui and the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal. The original facades were replaced in the 17th and 18th century, but 18 of the houses still have gothic wooden frames—one of which is still visible. The Begijnhofkapel, with its paintings of the Miracle of Amsterdam, and the English Church remind visitors of the courtyard’s religious foundations.

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Taken on November 22, 2009