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  • Alex450212
    Southampton, UK326 contributions
    Bruges is compact and easy to het a feel of. Go on a boat, go up the Belfry, visit the Groeninge museum and the Stadhuis and much more. And relax in the myriad number of cafés.
    Written May 19, 2022
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  • TheShis
    Tel Aviv, Israel34,625 contributions
    The main square in Bruges doesn't disappoint.
    It's a collection of older and newer buildings with lovely architecture and numerous eateries to enjoy.
    Don't ride the horse carriages, though.
    Written May 13, 2022
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  • zografou
    Greece250 contributions
    Nice experience walking all the 366 stairs to the top of the Belfort and the view from above is exceptional. The stairs are narrow and need some attention but you do not have to be extra fit to climb them. Nice and helpful information for the bells and their mechanism, definitely a must when you visit Bruges.
    Written May 8, 2022
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  • Charlotte L
    Southampton, UK164 contributions
    Beautiful chapel which was free to get in. A donation is suggested if you wish to view the vial of Jesus' blood which seems fair enough. Can't take photos of Jesus' blood, but can take photos inside the building more generally.
    Written April 18, 2022
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  • Bianca W
    London, UK1,032 contributions
    Beautiful and quiet.
    It's a very old convent with gorgeous buildings and a tranquil garden. Surrounded with a little park and canals, it's very beautiful.
    Great stop for a quiet break or little stroll.
    Written April 6, 2022
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  • TheShis
    Tel Aviv, Israel34,625 contributions
    This is another lovely square in central historic Bruges.
    The architecture surrounding the square is lovely.
    Written May 13, 2022
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  • zografou
    Greece250 contributions
    The perfect place for amazing photos, also the start of many boat tours. Many coffee shops and restaurants aroung.
    Written May 8, 2022
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  • zografou
    Greece250 contributions
    Most romantic and elegant bridge for photos, almost always crowded but worth a visit. Try early in the morning.
    Written May 8, 2022
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  • Oxalis Tours
    Brussels, Belgium27 contributions
    Built between around 1270 and 1340 so in the Middle Ages, when life expectancy was thirtysomething, the printing press had yet to be invented and the Americas were still waiting to be discovered. This church would have been an architectural marvel in its time, a medieval equivalent maybe of The Shard in London or New York's Chrysler Building.

    And even today it remains an imposing structure. Gothic, constructed for the most part in brick. The main tower is 115 metres tall. The building's interior is as impressive as its exterior and really worth having a look at.

    The church also includes a museum (admission 7€) whose highlights include the tombs of Charles the Bold and his daughter Mary of Burgundy, the last members of the powerful Burgundy dynasty, an exquisite marble Madonna and Child by Michelangelo and a silver cask containing relics believed to be of Saint Boniface. The cask etchings, which represent scenes from Saint Boniface's life, are particularly intricate and very beautiful. It was however a bit disconcerting to see rather gaudy, artificial flowers next to a statue by Michelangelo.
    Written December 31, 2021
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  • Bianca W
    London, UK1,032 contributions
    There's a free audio guide through their website that gives extensive information about the frescoes and decorative elements in this stunning gothic hall. With over 20 audio tracks, there's so much to explore while listening.
    Absolutely gorgeous and so well documented, definitely worth a visit!
    Written April 4, 2022
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  • TheShis
    Tel Aviv, Israel34,625 contributions
    This is a gorgeous 14th-century Gothic cathedral with an impressive nave and beautiful art works within.
    Written May 13, 2022
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  • Gerard L
    Hampton, UK92 contributions
    Slightly apart from the main attractions in the St Anna quarter of Bruges the estate is anchored by the weird but wonderful Jeruzalemkerk and had been in the same family for nearly 600 years. The church was modelled on the church of The Holy Sepulchre Jerusalem after an Adornes pilgrimage to the Holy land. Also DIY Scottish style tea room with honesty pig and beautiful gardens. See to believe!
    Written April 27, 2022
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  • ElaineAndGreg
    Chesterland, OH2,624 contributions
    a long line along the northwest edge of the town. It’s a 20 minute or so walk from the center of town, but I would recommend it, particularly on a nice day.

    If you find a map of Bruges (which isn’t hard – they have excellent ones at the tourist information centers around town) you will see that it is essentially a circle surrounded by a circular moat, along with the canals. Imagine it as a clock and the windmills are along the moat around 1:00-2:00. This is still a large enough space that you can’t really see all 4 at once. There is also an old town gate around 3:00 that has a working drawbridge for boats/barges.

    We were there on a sunny afternoon. They are set in a large park and they are very picturesque. Apparently, only one is originally from Bruges – the others were rescued from other towns and villages. Some are not accessible – none were open during my visit, but I was there late in the afternoon and was more interested in the exteriors.

    This is a fun and free place to visit in beautiful Bruges.
    Written August 26, 2021
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  • ElaineAndGreg
    Chesterland, OH2,624 contributions
    Jan Van Eyckplein, as the other reviews on this site reflect, is indeed a beautiful square. It is surrounded by interesting buildings (more about that in a minute) and has a statue of painter Jan Van Eyck in the center.

    Van Eyck was a great artist who was supported by the affluent community in Bruges. You've seen his art. Perhaps most famous is the Arnolfini portrait, which depicts a young couple who are apparently engaged. (That painting is in the National Gallery in London). The striking portrait of his wife Margaret is all over the town and on travel literature. He is also the painter of the Ghent altarpiece, which alone is worth the short train trip to Ghent.

    Van Eyck is the one in the center of the square dressed like Professor Quirrell from the first Harry Potter movie.

    One of the many cool buildings on the square is the old toll house (with the distinctive red door). Look at the stone corbels and other decorative elements in the front of the building.

    One side of the square is taken up by a canal and is a good route for exploring.

    The good news if you are visiting Bruges is that this is a nice square with lots of artistic and architectural interest and only 5-10 minutes from the main square. The even better news is that the walk along the way is nice and that there are other countless historic squares and buildings in Bruges that are yours to explore.
    Written August 29, 2021
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  • Signaller21
    Bristol, UK54 contributions
    An amazing place. Stopped on a Segway tour. The wood carvings are amazing. Well worth a stop. Some amazing painting too
    Written February 29, 2020
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