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EHDN 2006 - Location - Sightseeing -


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The tower of the Belfry is no less than 83 metres high. On your way to the top, you will discover the Treasury Room, an impressive clock mechanism and a carillon of 47 different bells. After completing the 366 stairs, your efforts will be rewarded with a breathtaking view over Bruges and its surrounding countryside.

Gothic Chamber in the Town Hall

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Bruges Town Hall dates from 1376 and is one of the oldest in the Low Countries. The Gothic Chamber with its magnificent 19th century frescos and its polychrome vault is a work of art in its own right. The painted figures illustrate the city’s glorious past. However, the Town Hall is also the place from which Bruges has been governed for more than 700 years. The reorganisation scheduled for 2005 will provide an opportunity to tell the story of the Town Council and its relations with both ‘ higher authorities’ and the local people.

Welcome Church of Our Lady

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This church (built 13th-15th century), with a 122 m high tower, contains an extremely rich art collection. Top of the bill is of course the white marble Madonna with Child by Michelangelo. In the choir gallery are the mausoleums of Mary of Burgundy and Charles the Bold, as well as a number of remarkable polychromed tombs (13th-14th century).

The Canals

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Because of its canals Bruges is often called 'The Venice of the North'. The water situation in both cities was, however, very different. Venice was founded on islands in a lagoon of the Adriatic sea.  Bruges lies deeper inland ; at least now, because in the five centuries B.C the Flemish coastline must have been flooded several times by the North Sea. When the waters retreated they left behind different sea-arms via which ships could reach the area where now Bruges is situated. Bruges was probably already visited by the Vikings. The Flemish name 'Brugge' is probably derived from the Latin word 'Rogia' (which was the Latin name of the 'Reie' the river which flowed through Bruges), and the Scandinavian word 'Bryggia', which meant 'mooring place'.