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  • 1 Ter Doest

    Religious buildings

    N31 B - 8380 Lissewege

    All that remains of the Ter Doest (1 km from Lissewege), a daughterhouse of Koksijde's Dune Abbey, are the chapel, a turreted farmhouse (partly converted into a restaurant) and the vast and fine 13C abbey barn-church adorned with Gothic brick mouldin..

  • 2 Stadhuis (Town Hall)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Burg 11 B - 8000 Brugge

    This building was erected in the late 14C in the flamboyant Gothic style, and restored in the 19C. The façade has three towers and very detailed decoration. On the first floor, the Gothic room is covered with a vault of panelled diagonal ribs wth som..

  • 3 Musée du Franc de Bruges Brugse Vrije

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    B - 8000 Brugge

    The museum is housed in the Old Civic Registry (Oude Griffie) of Justice ofthe Peace. The lovely Renaissance façade of this building will please art fans with its harmonious lines, three pretty scrolled gables and appealing palette of colours. In the..

  • 4 Groene Rei (Green Bank)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Groen-Rei B - 8000 Brugge

    Groene Rei is a tree-lined bank (as its name suggests). At no. 8 stands the so-calledHouse of the Pelican(De Pelikaan), which dates back to 1714. The building has high dormer windows and bears the emblem of the pelican, and was once an almshouse. Fro..

  • 5 Huidenvettersplein (Tanners' Square)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Huidenvettersplein B - 8000 Brugge

    On this square not far from the canal, you will see a column supporting two lions and the emblem of the tanners. The people of Bruges named this charming spot the "little fish market".

  • 6 Rozenhoedkaii (Rosary Embankment)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rozenhoedkaii B - 8000 Brugge

    From this embankment, you can see Bruges in all its splendour. Near the basin stands the pretty House of the Tanneurs (Huidenvettershuis), which dates back to 1630 and is a fine example of civilian architecture. A house with a tower stands a little f..

  • 7 Dijver

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Djiver B - 8000 Brugge

    The statue that stands on St John Nepocumene Bridge (St-Nepomucenusbrug) is that of the protector of the bridges of Bruges, which are so important in this city. At the end of this embankment, which is lined with pretty lime trees, you will discover, ..

  • 8 Bonifatiusbrug

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Djiver B - 8000 Brugge

    The delicious and poetic humpbacked bridge of St Bonifatius is a delight. The bust of Juan-Luis Vives honours the 16C Spanish humanist who ended his days in Bruges far from his homeland.

  • 9 Église de Jérusalem

    Religious buildings

    Peperstraat 3 B - 8000 Brugge

    This 15C church contains Gothic and Oriental elements. It is probaby inspired from the Church of the Holy Sephulcre in Jerusalem. The stained-glass windows, which date back to the 16C, represent members of the Adornes family, a business dynasty from ..

  • 10 Centre de la dentelle

    Museums and art

    B - 8000 Brugge

    Some interesting courtyards and demonstrations are arranged in this Lace Centre, lace being a Bruge speciality. A little museum has been added in some former nursing houses.

  • 11 Porte Ste-Croix

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    B - 8000 Brugge

    A few curiosities surround Holy Cross Gate, in the ramparts. Three lovely windmills on a pivot, which are typical of the region, stand on the north side, on the old ramparts, including Bonne Chieremolen and St-Janshuismolen (1770). The Guido Gezelle ..

  • 12 Cathédrale St-Sauveur

    Religious buildings

    St.-Salvatorskoorstraat B - 8000 Brugge

    This great brick vessel stands on a shaded square. Its construction lasted several centuries. The tower was first, then the church in the Gothic style. Unfortunately, several fires damaged the building, and it was only completed in the 16C, with the ..

  • 13 Église Ste-Anne

    Religious buildings

    St-Annaplein B - 8000 Brugge

    This churhc was built in the 17C in the Gothic style, that had been all but overtaken by the Classical or Baroque. It was lavishly furnished, with a rood screen, panelling, confessionals and a pulpit. The Belgian Flemish poet Guido Gezelle (1830-1899..

  • 14 Maisons-Dieu

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Gloribusstraat B - 8000 Brugge

    Between the 15C and 18C, the "God's houses" were a real institution in Bruges and could be found everywhere. They were hostels for the old or poor, financed by corporations. The low brick houses were generally built in rows and whitewashed,..

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