Founded sometime in the 14th century for the Beguines, members of a lay Catholic sisterhood, the Begijnhof is one of Amsterdam’s oldest inner courtyards — and one of the city’s best known landmarks.
Below is a photo taken roughly in the same spot but then during the summer. Yes, the large tree is gone, felled during a storm:
Row of houses along Oudeschans, across from the Montelbaanstoren
Oudeschans literally means ‘Old Defense Line.’
Houses at the corner of Brouwersgracht and Binnen Oranjestraat.
When you view the photo is a larger size you’ll notice how crooked the house at the corner is. It’s been like that for as long as I can remember, but more recently experts have warned that changes in the Dutch climate have lead to lower ground water levels, which in turn causes some historic houses in Amsterdam to subside.