Bruges is the capital of West Flanders in Belgium. The city is nicknamed the Venice of the North because of the many canals running through the city. The city center is included on UNESCO World Heritage list because it includes one of the best preserved medieval squares in Europe.
Markt is part of the historic city of Bruges and is the place to find historic buildings of great importance as Belfy Tower, Provincial Court and the statue of Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck. The market has been renovated and is now a pedestrian area worth visiting, where you can admire buildings of unparalleled architecture.
Medieval Belfry Tower
Belfry or Belfort, is a medieval bell tower and symbol of the city of Bruges. In the past, the building housed the treasury and the municipal archives. The tower has 366 steep steps that lead to the top, accessible to the public for a fee. In the Middle Ages, this tower played a vital defensive role, alert and observation, the bell was heard at fixed hours.
Basilique du Saint-Sang
Translated into English as Basilica of the Holy Blood, this is a Roman Catholic church, built in the twelfth century, like the chapel Count of Flanders. The church houses an important relic, brought by the count from the Holy Land. The building has a unique architecture, consisting of a lower chapel in style, dedicated to St. Basil and an upper one in gothic style.
Loppem Castle is located near the city of Bruges, built between 1859 and 1862 for Baron Charles van Caloen and his family. It is considered a symbol of Gothic architecture and a building whose original design was very well preserved over time. The castle is richly decorated and furnished with a collection of works of art. The romantic castle is surrounded by parks, a lake and a maze.
Art lovers can admire the works of Gruuthusemuseum, located in the historic city center. The museum includes objects from everyday life in medieval times of wealthy families from Belgium. The building was built as a warehouse and later was transformed into a luxury house, bought by the state in 1875 and turned into a museum.
Béguinages Flamands is an architectural ensemble consisting of a collection of small buildings positioned around a large courtyard. The first buildings of this kind were founded in the late thirteenth century, in the Netherlands, by Beguines: believing women, unmarried or widowed, who dedicate their lives to God without escaping the world and reinforce each other financially and spiritually.
Bruges is a charming town where you can spend a nice and quiet vacation. The charm of the city is given by romantic canals and architecture of historical buildings, churches, palaces, construction of towers and old markets. This village has retained a fantastic taste of medieval town, though rooted in stories.