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The Begijnhof is a hidden gem in the centre of the city. Dating back to the Middle Ages, a Begijnhof (B├ęguinage) was a courtyard (hofje) where catholic ladies lived. It was not a convent, the houses were private property and after the Alteration (reformation) in 1578 the ladies continued living there, but their church was transformed into a Presbyterian church, (the English church)and they could no longer openly worship. In 1671 a schuilkerk (hidden church) was created from two houses opposite the church (nowadays the Miracle church). On the Begijnhof you can also find one of two remaining wooden houses.

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