Many cities in the Netherlands boast courtyards of almshouses, often established in the Middle Ages. Last year I already showed you an example that you can find in my hometown, Dordrecht: Houses for poor women.
The ‘Begijnhof’ (‘Courtyard of the Beguines’) from 1267 in Breda is another site that is well worth a visit. In two courts 29 houses are grouped round a herb garden where the smell is lovely. What always strikes me, is the silence that reigns in these courtyards amid the noise and bustle of a busy city.
This picture was taken during an assignment of my photography course. The teacher allowed us fifteen minutes per monument to capture the exterior of each building. I photographed turrets, windows and everything else that seemed interesting, but in the end I preferred this photo of the entrance that was included in my presentation. Below an impression of the interior of the courtyard.
My contribution to this week’s edition of Thursday Doors.