Hofjes in de Jordaan Walk est un sentier en boucle de 6.0 kilomètres situé près de Amsterdam, North Holland en Pays-Bas. Le sentier vous présentera des fleurs sauvages et sa difficulté est évaluée comme facile. Le sentier est principalement utilisé pour la marche.

Distance: 6.0 km Dénivelé: 44 m Type d'itinéraire: Boucle


voie aménagée

vue panoramique

fleurs sauvages


parcours urbain

site historique


The most famous courtyard in Amsterdam is the Beguinage on the Spui. It is to the lesser known and is sometimes very beautiful in and around the lovely Jordaan. You will also explore the Jordaan and pass nice little shops, restaurants and cafés. At the end you come through the Haarlemmerstraat, the culinary heart of Amsterdam. Courtyards are an early form of care for the elderly and social housing at the same time, an old-age provision for poor old people. The oldies lived there for free. Courtyards are often difficult to see from the street. The dwellings are usually built behind the buildings on the street. A courtyard is usually a rectangular complex, the houses of which are built in U or L shape around a bleaching field (nowadays mostly garden). There is often a water pump with a lantern in the courtyard. The gatehouse often contains a regent's room (usually on the first floor), the luxurious interior of which contrasts sharply with the sober little houses. In Amsterdam courtyards are often very small due to the lack of space in the city center and sometimes not much more than a street with built-in houses behind the buildings on the street (often these houses already exist before the foundation of the hofje: houses located on a “ corridor ”). There is no room for a bleaching field or garden. Many indoor groups of houses, which could be reached through corridors that were cut out between the houses, were nothing more than rental houses operated by private individuals. They are also often called "courtyards". On this site the "real" courtyards are central. These courtyards are all idyllic places, where the city noise is excluded and where it seems as if time has stood still. Courtyards are usually foundations intended for the housing of poor elderly people. They are so named because they were usually built as a collection of small houses around a common inner courtyard. Often there is only one entrance and exit, which leads to a public road through a corridor or through a hall. There was usually a porter who kept an eye on opening and closing times (so the gate closed at the set time and no one let in) and also provided manual and service services to the residents and regents. The board of the foundation usually consisted of family members of the founder, but later many courtyards came under the control of institutions in the field of care for the poor. Often there was a separate meeting room for the board, the regents room. In a few cases, that room has been beautifully decorated. The regents sometimes ruled with a fairly strict hand and bound the residents to rules that prescribed very many things. It was a great favor for the residents that they were allowed to live for free and often received benefits in the form of bread, meat, beer, shirts and shoes; on the other hand, they might behave very nicely and gratefully. Life in a courtyard was therefore usually an example of peace and cleanliness. Courtyards were usually founded by rich, elderly people. Without a doubt, they hoped that after their death, the prayers of the residents would help them find a place in heaven.

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