An unobtrusive gate that is sometimes closed is the entrance to the Beguinage. If this access is closed, you can visit the Beguinage via the Kalverstraat.
The Begijnhof was founded in the 14th century and is an oasis in the heart of the city. The Beguinage has two churches that you can visit. The foundation date of the Begijnhof in Amsterdam is not fixed. The first record is in 1307 in the Baljuw accounts of Amstelland in which mention is made of Begijnen.
The Beguines were buried in the church, which was very common at that time. But there is one known exception; mistress Cornelia Arents. Because the church had become Protestant in her time, she did not want to be buried in it but in the '' church path near the gate ''. After her death on October 14, 1654, she was first buried in the church and only on May 2, 1655 reburied against the outside of the church wall.
Restoration works of this church wall caused her grave later to be moved to the edge of the bleaching field. Her stone gravestone is still decorated with flowers on 2 May.