Although the Begijnhof dates back to the 14th century, most of the gothic facades were replaced in the 17th and 18th centuries. The wooden house (Houten Huys) at Begijnhof 34 is the oldest house in Amsterdam. The Begijnhof chapel also features a series of panels telling the story of the Miracle of Amsterdam.
The Begijnhof is a tranquil oasis in the bustling centre of Amsterdam. The English Reformed Church (Engelsekerk) is at the centre of the courtyard, which is bordered by the busy Kalverstraat and Spui. The last Beguine died in 1971, and one sister was buried in a “grave in the gutter” that's still often adorned with flowers.