The Begijnhof area constitutes the oldest inner courts in Amsterdam. It consists of a group of
historic buildings, most of them are private dwellings. Originally, it was a Béguinage (small
buildings used by Beguines, which were sisterhoods that sought to serve God without retiring from
the world belonging to the Roman Catholic Church and founded in the 13th C in the Low Countries).
Nowadays, it is also the site of the English Reformed Church.
The original building accommodated 140 dwellings — nearly 110 were single rooms and about 25
comprising two. In 1979, it was remodeled, thus enlarging the houses to two or three rooms.