The Bethaniënklooster is a renovated medieval building in the center of Amsterdam near the Nieuwmarkt. This former convent hosts chamber music concerts and other events in their beautiful halls.
The Bethaniënklooster has been a concert venue since the year 2000. With more than 120 concerts a year attracting nearly 10,000 visitors, the Bethaniënklooster has become an integral part of Amsterdam’s cultural life.
The Bethaniënklooster was originally built in the 1500s as a convent dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene of Bethany. The convent was intended as a haven for women who wanted to do penance for a dissolute life. This original purpose is interesting considering the building’s contemporary location in the heart of the Red Light District.
The convent’s refectory, or dining room, was located above the basement and the dormitory was located on the second floor. Under the lovely oak wood ceiling of the former dormitory there is now a unique auditorium with excellent acoustics.
The renovated basement is located under the auditorium. The 15th-century vaults are evidence of the building’s history. This crypt runs under the old refectory and preserves the character of the former convent.
Bethaniënklooster Concerts & Performances
The Bethaniënklooster Amsterdam hosts more than 120 concerts and performances each year including acts such as string trios, cabaret music, dance troupes, and chamber ensembles. Visit the website for the current schedule of events and to purchase tickets.
Performances are quite affordable and a variety of discounts are available. Students and those over 65 receive discounted tickets and there are also package deals for purchasing concert series or five or more tickets at a time. Visit the concert website for more information.
Barndesteeg 6B, Amsterdam
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