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Brugge

Brugge is the former port of the North of Belgium. Built from the 9th century, Brugge knows a golden age between 12th and 15th century, thanks to a business centred on the drapery. The supervision of the dukes of Borgogne makes that the city is the richest in the Northern Europe at this end of Middle Ages.

The blocking with sand of the bay of Zwin provokes the impoverishment of the city for the benefit of Antwerp. Indeed, the connection between the city and the sea is broken and the business is not so prosperous any more.

Today, the city of Brugge is especially known for its numerous canals which wind in the city and which were worth to her the nickname of " Venice of the North ".

When we walk in the city, we cross very numerous canals on which it is possible to make a walk in boat. There are numerous docksides and wharfagess...


Venice of the North
Venice of the North
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Venice of the North
Venice of the North
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Venice of the North
Venice of the North
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Venice of the North
Venice of the North
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Venice of the North
Venice of the North
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Venice of the North
Venice of the North
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There are 2 important places in the city of Brugge: Big Place and the Place of the Village (Burg). It is on this last one that we find the city hall.


Towards the Place of the Village of Brugge
Towards the Place of the Village of Brugge
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The Place of the Village and the Ctity hall
The Place of the Village and the Ctity hall
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On the Place of the Village is also the basilica Saint blood, which contains the relic of the "Saint blood" brought back from Jerusalem by the Count Thierry d' Alsace. A procession is organized every Ascension Day.


basilica Saint-Sang
basilica Saint-Sang
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Inside the Basilica Saint-Sang
Inside the Basilica Saint-Sang
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The second place of Brugge is the Grande-Place (Markt). At first, we see the big Belfry which dominates the Square and the Halle, then we notice the Provincial Palace and the post office and their neogothic style. Finally, it is the houses of the corporations that we admire, as well as the monument dedicated to Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck, and who reminds the uprising of the professions by the city against the French dominion, at night from 17 till 18 May 1302.


The Grande-Place
The Grande-Place
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The Grande-Place
The Grande-Place
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