I read that single women are still the only occupants of the Begijnhof in Amsterdam. Who owns the houses here now? I read that they were owned by the women who lived here in the past, but does the government own them now and do the women pay the Begijnhof Foundation rent or subsidized rents? Is it like a retirement home? Thanks for any information ...
I believe that it is owned by their religious order. and it functions as a retirement facility for older women of that order. I gather they are slowly passing and there are no replacements.
To the best of my knowledge the last Beguine died in 1971. They were basically widows who did charitable service and did not live by any vows. In 1930 the Benedictine took over and i think they may be the order of women currently residing there. Some of the units were expanded a bit but most are single units of housing.
The Beguines were a Christian lay order and the Beguijnhof was the only Roman Catholic institution permitted to remain in existence after the reformation. I would believe the houses were originally owned by the order. Not sure of the ownership now. Original inhabitants took a vow of chastity but not of poverty, so were allowed to own property. They were free to leave at any time to get married should they so choose.
You're very close to it : nowadays still occupied by 105 single women in 140 rooms , both students ore retired .The rent I heard is very convenient . I don't know who's the owner of it , I doubt its the city ? Maybe the S.John church and the English reformed church ?
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Surely nowadays the ladies who live there are not the owners of the houses and grounds, an official organization takes care of the maintenance, protection and distribution of the premises. Only single ladies can live there; there is no room for families in the traditional meaning of the word, so no children too.....and subsequently a very serene and silent ambiance for contemplative living.I don't know the strategy behind the allotment of the houses..there must be quite a queu for it as the place is immensely popular. I hope that this info helps.
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