(Convent of Bethany)
a cloister nestled in the oldest area of Amsterdam, used for concerts of chamber music during the last few decades
The space was originally intended for women who wanted to pay penance for their licentious lives, but the converted sisters were soon replaced by distinguished ladies.
In 1462, the Amsterdam convent acquired permission to build its own chapel. The chapel has been fully restored and is a glorious spot to hide away and listen to the sounds of chamber music.
In the 18th century, the building in Barndesteeg alley was used as a clandestine church (schuilkerk).
End of Bethaniënklooster as music temple
The Bethaniënklooster in the Red Light District of Amsterdam changed hands for €2.9 million at the end of 2015. This marked the end of the former Roman Catholic stronghold as a concert venue. It was bought by millionaire Allard Jakobs who wants to transform it into 10 appartments and an office space for his company All Capital.
The Convent of Saint Mary Magdalene of Bethany in older days
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old fortification tower from 1512
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First protestant church of Amsterdam
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