Bruges: medieval romantic fairy tale
The history of Brugge’s emergence goes its roots deep in the IX century. Normans landed ashore, firmly occupied the surrounding lands. Gradually expanding, the city turned into a major and important Trading port. Thus, attracting large bankers, artists and architects to the development of the city. Today Brugge’s city is one of the picturesque cities of Europe, In essence, consisting of architectural monuments.
Grote Square – Markt
The main attraction of Brugge, from which the journey along the ancient city begins. Grote – Markt translated as "market Square", And therefore, it is rightfully located a large number of souvenir benches, and various stores.
In the warm season, the area is filled with fresh fruits and vegetables. Here you can meet artists, writing paintings, musicians and ensembles from all over the world. In winter, the rink is poured and a big New Year’s fair is arranged.
On the main square there are many buildings of administrative purposes, including the court and the city council building. In the center is installed Monument to two heroes, Peter de Koninka and Jan Breidel, founded local militia, which opposed the troops of France, and saved the city.
Basilica of the Holy Blood of Christ
One of the most ancient buildings of the city. Basilica has two parts absolutely unlike each other. The lower chapel is built in a romance style from a local stone and volcanic limestone, creating an atmosphere of pacification. Top made in the style of gothic and supplemented with gold patterns and colorful stained glass windows.
Chapel keeps a lot of sacred relics. The most important is Crystal capsule with the blood of Jesus Christ. The capsule is sealed with red wax and placed in a glass cylinder decorated with gold. Once a year, for the ascension, the capsule is carried through the whole city, accompanying the story about the history of the appearance of relics.
Museum of Georgne
A unique museum accompanying works of art of absolutely different eras and directions. In the viewing halls you can observe the works of famous Masters of the Renaissance XVI century, Baroque, evaluate Flemish painting. In many pictures, the story of ancient Bruges is depicted. Also in the museum are work Modern artistic directions – Formism, expressionism.
Bell tower Ancient and amazing structure, preserved tracks on the surface of the walls. She happens to be Historical symbol of the city, and has the title of monument of world heritage. In the Middle Ages, Belforte served as a guard tower, from where the surroundings were well visible, and warned the bell ringing about the approach of enemies, or the fire happened.
Having 47 bells, the tower, melodic sound, also notified residents about the end of the working day, signaled to raise bridges, and helped regulate traffic in the city. Also in the Middle Ages in the building there was an archive of the Accounts Chamber and the city treasury.
Majestic castle built in the style of Neoetics Flemish, He still retains the initial architecture. Located on a separate island, surrounded by a picturesque fleet with numerous ponds and labyrinths, it seems impregnable.
Vintage wall facade, stored a magnificent interior of the XIX century. Medieval sculptures, antique furniture, stone fireplaces, richly supplemented with carved wooden frescoes and multicolored stained glass windows. Walls of elegant halls, decorates Flemish painting, creating an atmosphere of mystery and greatness.
Becoming the city – a museum who has retained its architecture, Bruges is increasingly attracting tourists to familiarize themselves with his story.