The Begijnhof was originally a convent for pious, charitable single women called Begijnen. Today this historic site, with its gorgeous gabled houses and gardens, has been restored to such perfection that it almost resembles a movie set. With its hundred-year-old trees and charming little gardens, it is an enclave of greenery that provides a welcome contrast to the noise of the city. Most of the houses were built in the 17th and 18th centuries; the oldest, of wood, goes all the way back to the end of the 15th century. You can see it at #34, at the end of the courtyard. Originally a convent for Beguine nuns, devout single women open to charity (the last died in 1971), it now houses women, generally students, who still live here today. Appreciate the contemplative atmosphere of the Catholic chapel at #29. Enter the Begijnhof through a little door near the bustling Spui crossroads; pedestrians are welcome.