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Bruges, Belgium

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[1 : Overview]
[2 : Markt]
[3 : Burg]
[4 : Canals]
[5 : Streets]
[6 : Beguinage]
Bruges (Brugge) is one of Europe's best preserved example of a medieval historic town. It has maintained its historic fabric over the centuries, the original Gothic constructions forming part of the town's identity. As one of the commercial and cultural capitals of Europe, Brugge developed cultural links to several parts of the world, however, artistically, it is most closely associated with the school of Flemish Primitive paintings. The compact size of the old city, lined with canals, make it perfect for exploring on foot. The historic centre of Brugge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Its focal point is the Markt, dominated by the city's illustrious 83m belfry. Those belfries, always found in an urban setting, are imposing bell-towers of medieval origin, generally attached to the town hall and occasionally to a church. They are potent symbols of the transition from feudalism to the mercantile urban society that played a vital role in the development of late medieval Europe. The 30 belfries in Flanders and Wallonia form a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The other important plazza is the Burg, bordered by the Staduis, Belgium's oldest townhall, which contains the magnificent Gotische Zall (Gothic Hall), and by the Heilg Bloedbasiliek (Basilica of the Holy Blood), which houses a relic of the Christ's blood.

In a quieter part of the historical center, close to its periphery, lies a Beguinage. The Beguines were women who dedicated their lives to God without retiring from the world. In the 13th century, they founded the Beguinages (Begijnhof), enclosed communities designed to meet their spiritual and material needs. The Beguinages combine interesting characteristics of urban and rural planning, as well as religious and traditional architecture, in styles specific to the Flemish cultural region. The 13 Flemish Beguinages form a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Canals and rooftops. Bruges, Belgium ( color) Provinciall Hof in neo-gothic style and beffroi. Bruges, Belgium ( color) Restaurants and cafes on the Markt. Bruges, Belgium ( color) Wheel of the carillon inside Belfort. Bruges, Belgium ( color) Woman preparing fries in a booth. Bruges, Belgium ( color) Halletoren belfry at night. Bruges, Belgium ( color) Gothic Town hall. Bruges, Belgium ( color) People standing on the Burg, in front of the Stadhuis. Bruges, Belgium ( color) Gotische Zaal of the Stadhuis. Bruges, Belgium ( color) Priest during the Holy Blood liturgy. Bruges, Belgium ( color) Upper Chapel of the Basilica of Holy Blood (Heilig-Bloedbasiliek). Bruges, Belgium ( color) Canal lined with houses and trees. Bruges, Belgium ( color) Old houses and belfry Quai des Rosaires, night. Bruges, Belgium ( color) Old houses and beffroi reflected in canal at night. Bruges, Belgium ( color) Houses and bridge reflected in canal at night. Bruges, Belgium ( color) Red tile rooftops and facades. Bruges, Belgium ( color) Street with chocolate shop. Bruges, Belgium ( color) Horse carriage in a narrow street. Bruges, Belgium ( color) Hands of a lacemaker at work. Bruges, Belgium ( color) Courtyard of the Begijnhof. Bruges, Belgium ( color)
There are 20 color pictures on this page out of 88 color pictures of Bruges.

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