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Centuries of creativity

Described by many as a village, Amsterdam packs the cultural punch of a city many times its size. While still retaining a bit of a ‘sex, drugs and rock 'n’ roll' reputation, Amsterdam is now more about being a ‘creative city’ where the high standards set by such Golden Age painters as Rembrandt are maintained. The city has become a global hub for art, design, architecture and advertising, but one where all its attractions are just a short and scenic bike ride away.

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Van Brienenhofje

Van Brienenhofje

Famous Beautiful architectural gem

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A true hidden gem.

Beautiful architectural gem Editors' Note

Van Brienenhofje was a catholic charity, founded by Aernout Jan van Brienen, shortly before his death in 1804. The courtyard was built on the site of the former De Star frewery on the Prinsengracht.The edifice was designed by city architect Abraham van der Hart in 1797.

Initially, Van Brienenhofje was designed as a home for old men, over 60. Later widows and unmarried women were also allowed. The home was only opened to Catholics who were living at the limit of poverty.

Today, Van Brienenhofje is a monument of important significance. It has a monumental façade which contrasts strongly with the surrounding buildings.

Van Brienenhofje is still mainly residential, but the regent room and chapel are used or rented for events of all kinds.

Van Brienenhofje
Prinsengracht 85-133, Amsterdam