Bruges, Belgium, maintains marks from the Middle Ages

Bruges, Belgium, maintains marks from the Middle Ages

When thinking about tourism in Belgium, normally the capital Brussels is remembered. But the European country has much more to offer. For those who embark on a cruise around the region, one of the most beautiful cities of call is Bruges. With a history dating back to the Middle Ages, Bruges maintains a well-preserved century-old house and a very characteristic architecture. See 10 attractions for a stopover in Bruges.

Rozenhoedkaai - One of the most visited and photographed areas in Bruges, Rozenhoedkaai is always full, be it summer or winter. The canal full of pleasure boats is a romantic way to spend a few minutes in the city. Those on land are also enchanted by the landscape.

Markt - Markt is the heart of Bruges. The large square brings together historic landmarks, such as a 12th century tower, the statues of Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck, heroes of the resistance against French oppression and the Provincial Palace. It is currently one of the most visited places in the city.

Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk (Church of Our Lady) - One of the most striking churches in the city, the Church of Our Lady has a beautiful 122 meter brick tower, one of the best examples of the city's architecture. It also contains a series of works of art by artists such as Michelangelo, 13th century sculptures and the graves of nobles.

Basilica of the Holy Blood - Another religious building worth visiting is the Basilica of the Holy Blood, a double chapel that consists of the base of the old Church of São Basilio, from the 1100s, and the reconstruction of the 19th century in Gothic style.

Chocolate Museum - One of Belgium's main products is chocolate, and Bruges has attractions for chocoholics. The Chocolate Museum presents visitors with the history of cocoa from the Maya to the arrival of the Spanish in Latin America, to the present day. In addition, handmade chocolate is served during visits.

Groeninge Museum - This is one of the many museums in the city, and presents a broad overview of the history of fine arts in Belgium. Although the emphasis is on the works of primitive Flemish, there are still important neoclassical pieces from the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as Flemish expressionism and modern post-war art.

City Hall - One of the oldest buildings in the Netherlands, the city hall building in Bruges dates from 1376 and is where the city has been in command for more than 600 years. The building's Gothic hall is a work of art with 19th century murals.

Kruispoort - The Kruispoort is one of the entrances to the city. What is still standing dates from the 15th century and maintains only the two main towers and a narrow passage. The place is a historic landmark and was where the Roman emperor Charles V, Napoleon and the German army entered the city.

Belfort (Belfry) - The most important tower in Bruges is Belfort, 83 meters high. It houses a treasure chamber, an impressive clock and a chime with 47 bells. After climbing 366 steps, the reward is a breathtaking view of the city and its surroundings.

Sint-Janshuismolen The windmill has been a hallmark of Bruges since the city walls were built in the late 13th century. Currently four resist, the Sint-Janshuis, from 1770, is in the same place where it was built.

Rozenhoedkaai - One of the most visited and photographed areas in Bruges, Rozenhoedkaai is always full, be it summer or winter. The canal full of pleasure boats is a romantic way to spend a few minutes in the city. Those on land are also enchanted by the landscape Photo: irakite / Shutterstock Markt - The Markt is the heart of Bruges. The large square brings together historic landmarks, such as a 12th century tower, the statues of Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck, heroes of the resistance against French oppression and the Provincial Palace. It is currently one of the most visited places in the city Photo: SergiyN / Shutterstock Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk (Church of Our Lady) - One of the most striking churches in the city, the Church of Our Lady has a beautiful 122-meter brick tower, a of the best examples of city architecture. It also contains a series of works of art by artists such as Michelangelo, 13th century sculptures and noble graves. Photo: Ralf Siemieniec / Shutterstock Basilica of the Holy Blood - Another religious building worth visiting is the Basilica of the Holy Blood, a double chapel which consists of the base of the old St. Basil's Church, from the 1100s, and the 19th century reconstruction in Gothic style Photo: Pecold / Shutterstock Chocolate Museum - One of Belgium's main products is chocolate, and Bruges has attractions for the chocoholics . The Chocolate Museum presents visitors with the history of cocoa from the Maya to the arrival of the Spanish in Latin America, to the present day. In addition, handmade chocolate is served during visits Photo: Choco-Story / Disclosure Groeninge Museum - This is one of several museums in the city, and presents a broad overview of the history of plastic arts in Belgium. Although the highlight is the works of primitive Flemish, there are still important neoclassical pieces from the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as Flemish expressionism and postwar modern art Photo: Sarah Bauwens / Publicity Groeningemuseum City Hall - One of the oldest buildings in the The Netherlands, Bruges city hall building dates back to 1376 and is where the city has been run for more than 600 years. The building's Gothic hall is a work of art with 19th century murals. Photo: jan kranendonk / Shuttestock Kruispoort - The Kruispoort is one of the entrances to the city. What is still standing dates from the 15th century and maintains only the two main towers and a narrow passage. The site is a historic landmark and was where the Roman emperor Charles V, Napoleon and the German army entered the city Photo: Renata Sedmakova / Shutterstock Belfort (Belfry) - The most important tower in Bruges is the Belfort, 83 meters high . It houses a treasure chamber, an impressive clock and a chime with 47 bells. After climbing 366 steps, the reward is a breathtaking view of the city and its surroundings. Photo: Neirfy / Shutterstock Sint-Janshuismolen The windmill has been a hallmark of Bruges since the construction of the city walls in the late 13th century. Currently four resist, the 1770 Sint-Janshuis is in the same place where it was built Photo: Renata Sedmakova / Shutterstock

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