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Bruges

N 5112.527', E 313.467'
2014-10-03
https://bezoekers.brugge.be/en
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Bruges is the most beautiful Belgian city. If you have only one day in Belgium, spend it here. The city has many water canals and this gives it a special flavor. The best pictures can be taken on the banks of the canals.

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Bruges looks better in the evening when the sun illuminates the beautiful old houses and daily tourists have already gone. Streets become empty, quiet and extremely comfortable.

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Old town in Bruges is quite large (2x3 km) and clearly limited by channels, so do not forget a map. Here you can wander all the day long as we did. Some places look just like on the pictures from the past.

Walplein square
Walplein square Yuriy Buriak


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There are pleasure boats on the channels, but we were quite satisfied with walking tour.

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The main square of the city.

Market Square in Bruges
Market Square in Bruges Yuriy Buriak


Market Square in Bruges
Market Square in Bruges Yuriy Buriak


Belfort tower
Belfort tower Yuriy Buriak


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Belfort is the symbol of the city, it was built in 1240, andexpanded as a result of reconstruction in 1483-87. There is a viewing platform on top.

Belfort tower
Belfort tower Yuriy Buriak

On the Market square there are colorful houses with restaurants where we had lunch. A set menu for 17-30 euros is usual for Belgium. You can find cheaper, but not in the center.

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Burg square is located next to the Market square. Long time ago there was a castle, but it was destroyed. Accordingly, Bruges was founded on this place. On the square stands the Town Hall and Basilica of the Holy Blood (entrance is free).

Basilica of the Holy Blood on Burg Square
Basilica of the Holy Blood on Burg Square Yuriy Buriak

Near the Town Hall find a balcony, traditional for medieval cities in Europe.

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Artist draws kittens

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Since the channels are everywhere, many houses stand on the water, like in Venice.

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Logic says that this is sculpture 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Actually, if it has different title, the architect made ​​a mistake.

4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse
4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse Yuriy Buriak

There are religious sculpture over many doorways which are typical for Belgium.

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The famous Flemish painter of 15th century Jan van Eyck died in Bruges.

Jan van Eyck Monument
Jan van Eyck Monument Yuriy Buriak

Sheels can be seen in many places. It is the symbol of Saint James, the patron saint of travelers.

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Always pay attention to small things around you.

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Bruges Yuriy Buriak

The city has two large religious structures. Church of Our Lady is known for sculpture of the Virgin and Child by Michelangelo, the only such sculpture outside Italy.

Church of Our Lady
Church of Our Lady Yuriy Buriak


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Nearby stands the St. Salvator's Cathedral, which was built in 1116-18. It is decorated with paintings by famous artists of the past.

St. Salvator's Cathedral
St. Salvator's Cathedral Yuriy Buriak


Map of the old town in Bruges
Map of the old town in Bruges brugge.be

This and other maps of Bruges in PDF can be downloaded here.

In the city was filmed quite a famous film "In Bruges" (2008). Here you can download a map in PDF (5 Mb) with the places shown in the film.

Getting to Bruges: the easiest way by train as train service is very well developed in Belgium. Travel time from Brussels 1:00, from Antwerp 1:20, from Ghent 0:20.

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2019-08-09 18:58 # 1 jojo
Beautiful pictures! I never got to Bruges, always on my bucket list but I am no longer able to travel to Europe. Thanks for the visit.

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