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Dutch cities series: Haarlem and its hofjes

Posted on: November 12, 2013 by Nataliya Volosovych | No Comments
Haarlem is one of the pretty historical Dutch cities, located very close to Amsterdam. The city got its city rights in mid-13th century. It’s been historically the center of tulip bulbs growing for centuries. 
I will not get into the traditional history of the city, with its main attractions and see sights. This time around I will show you city’s history and beauty that is somewhat hidden from a regular tourist. You need to dig deeper to find that Haarlem had a big concentration of so-called hofjes. 
“Hofje” in translation from Dutch means a small garden. But these are not just small gardens; hofjes were and are places where predominantly women who are 50 and older live as a community. They are usually small houses grouped around a community kitchen garden with a water pump. Each hofje has a management that consists of 5 regents. These small communities for pensioners in Haarlem were primarily the result of generous donations by wealthy men or women in their own name. The first such community was built in 1395 and was called Hofje van Bakenes. It still exists today. 

Hofje In den Groenen Tuin, Warmoesstraat 24

Johan Enschedé Hof

Gable stones of Haarlem

Streets of Haarlem


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  1. Helen Sudak — November 18, 2013 at 16:43

    Очень красиво, просто кукольный, сказочный городок!…

  2. — March 12, 2014 at 12:33

    Спасибо, Леночка за комментарий! Да, городок очень милый и притный для прогулок – очень рекомендую!


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