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Culture of Brugge. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

beginenhof Thanks to quivering and respect of citizens, Bruges is home to numerous architectural and historical monuments. The old castle of Counts of Flanders is located not far away from Bourg. The castle was built in the 9th century. A walk through the beautiful square will help to see the greatness of historical sites and learn many interesting facts about the city.
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There are also natural attractions in Bruges. Minnewater Lake is one of them. It is considered the most romantic place in the city, and so many interesting superstitions and legends are connected with it. On evenings you can see many romantic couples on the lake who come here to admire the sunset and enjoy the intimate atmosphere. Among the major attractions of the city is also the bell tower of Church of Notre-Dame, which height estimates 122 meters. The bell tower is made in the Gothic style. This is also the second tallest building of the country.
Christ the Savior Cathedral is another bright religious landmark. It was founded in the middle of the 7th century. It is natural that nothing has remained from the original building. During the centuries of its history the church has survived in four fires, and has suffered greatly during the French Revolution. The cathedral, which travelers can see today, was built in the end of the 15th century. Talking about religious things, we simple can’t fail to ignore and the Jerusalem church. The building of the church was completed in 1470. Experts in ancient architecture often compare it with its famous Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Fine stained glass windows are the main decoration of the cathedral. They were made in the early 15th century. The hall of the church is also the tomb of its founder - Anselm Adorno. This church is one of the few religious monuments, which has never been subjected to strong restructuring during its centuries-long history. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Art lovers should not forget to visit Groeninge museum, which exhibits a rich collection of paintings. Among the cultural institutions of the city there are also some highly original ones, such as Museum of French Fried Potato, Chocolate Museum and Museum of Diamonds.
bridge Torture Museum Oude Steen is an equally remarkable place where you can look at how inventive people can be – here is a huge collection of torture materials. The faint-hearted and children are better off not going to this institution, but they are welcome to visit all other places. The Bruges Beer Experience is sure to capture everyone’s interest, where, in addition to learning everything about the history of beer, you can taste a drink and choose the best variety for yourself, as a bonus. Among other museums we would note Sint-Janshospitaal, which is one of the first hospitals in the whole of Europe. In addition, the hospital is a wonderful example of medieval architecture.
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It is difficult to imagine a more wonderful and enchanting place in Bruges than Ezelpoort. It seems like not just any gate, but a gate to a real paradise for lovers of history for sure. The attraction encompasses a lake which is home to swans of heavenly beauty, considered to be a kind of “paradise for animals” in Eden. Beguinage is another place where the tender soul of history aficinados will find true pleasure. However, everyone shoud go for a walk here as this is yet another peaceful place with swans swimming in the lake. Also, those wishing to experience an incomparable pacification are advised to visit Sint-Janshuismolen.
idyll You can go for a nice walk on The Markt, a chic area where at every step you will meet an interesting building. You can also visit the Huidenvettersplein, where in addition to the cultural experience you will be visiting local restaurants and cafes, each of which is remarkable for its matchless interesting interior. In other words, it is in fact a continuation of cultural enrichment. Near the Market Square you can find the Provinciaal Hof – one of the symbols of Bruges, the gem of Gothic architecture.
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There are two buildings in the city; simply put, failure to visit them would almost be considered sacrilegious, if not downright cruel. Firstly, is the bell tower Belfort, rising to the top of which you can see the incredibly beautiful city of Bruges open up. If you visit this place in the evening, then there will be no limit to the pleasure you will get. The second place is the Tower of Poertoren, an excellent example of the Romanesque style of architecture. Film lovers will recognize the footage from the film “In Bruges” – although there are plenty of such places that could be recognized thanks to the film.
Bruges Fans of mysterious and mystical things will be delighted by visiting two places in the city: first, the Site Oud Sint-Jan (located next to Sint-Janshospitaal), where you can look at the tools of medieval medicine, imbued with the atmosphere of that period. Visitors are demonstrated dreadful scenes of the then conducted surgery. In addition, there is a collection of Hans Memling’s paintings, which brings conflicting feelings. Another place – Rozenhoedkaai – is the embankment, on which you can make an unforgettable romantic walk. Something mystical emits from this place.
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Church of Our Lady, Brugge

» The Church of Our Lady is a construction that features the combination of Gothic and Roman styles.
»  The construction lasted over 2 years and was completed in the 13th century.
»  In the spacious church with a 122-meter tower, the only sculpture of Michelangelo, “The Virgin Mary with the Baby”, is kept.
»  Some windows of the church have the shape of a Reuleaux triangle. Such windows are quite rare.
»  The church is famous for the fact that the wife of Maximilian I Mary of Burgundy who lived a short life was buried here. The emperor loved his wife very much and called her the most beautiful woman in the world.

Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Brugge

Location on the map:   Facts: » The Cathedral of Christ the Savior was built in the 19th century. Nowadays, the cathedral is a main city church. It is a bishop’s seat.
»  The cathedral is famous for its luxury interior, many religious relics and pieces of art.
»  The walls of the cathedral are decorated with Brussels canvasses of the 18th century and multicolored paintings of the 19th century. Due to them, the cathedral looks festive.
»  In the cathedral, there is a museum where you can see such precious artifacts, as “The Death of Hippolytus”, a triptych created by Dirk Bouts and Hugo van der Goes in 1470, and the painting “Golgotha”, one of the oldest canvasses in Brugge.
»  The organ in the cathedral is the oldest in the country. It was created in the baroque style in 1717.

Sint-Jakobskerk, Brugge

» St. James’ Church was founded in the 12th century.
»  For many years, the building has been rebuilt and extended. During the reconstruction, a 6-meter cache was built in the tower.
»  In the 15th century, when the Burgundian dukes ruled, rich citizens brought gifts and made donations here. City guilds of craftsmen and merchants had a great income, so they constructed an altar in the church. During celebrations, they ordered services near their altar. So, there were 18 altars in St. James’ Church.
»  In the middle of the 16th century, in the times of the aniconic movement, a lot of precious items, paintings, and icons were broken and stolen.
»  However, many valuable items and pieces of art have been preserved to nowadays. So, it is not a coincidence that this church is called “the temple of treasures”. There is a preserved organ made in 1869. Many tourists come here to listen to organ music.

Stadhuis van Brugge, Brugge

Location on the map:   Facts: » The Bruges City Hall is one of the oldest medieval buildings. It was built in 1376 at the site of an old jail. When the first building where the City Council sat was destroyed by fire in 1280, officials had to meet in jail.
»  The construction of a new building was completed in 1421. It was a magnificent construction with a facade decorated with wonderful moldings and ended with a notched parapet with towers. The City Hall also had a luxurious interior.
»  In 1887, the fire destroyed the inner rooms of the building. The restoration began only in 1895 and lasted 10 years.
»  The Small and Big Halls were united. Now, this Hall is named Gothic. Here, the City Council sits and wedding ceremonies are held.
»  Flandrian counts and countess’ stone statues (copies) that were possibly made by sculptor Jan van Eyck in the Middle Ages were restored. Some rooms of the building are allocated for the Bruges Museum. The City Hall is a UNESCO World Heritage site in Belgium.

Stadsschouwburg Brugge, Brugge

Location on the map:   Facts: » The Stadsschouwburg Museum is located in Bruges. It is one of the most significant theatres and concert halls in the capital of West Flanders. The building is a platform for national and international top projects but it is also used by local cultural and art organizations.
»  The Bruges City Theatre was built in 1869. Today, it is one of the well-preserved theatres in Europe.
»  The building complex was designed in the New Renaissance style.
»  The hall with red velvet seats can accommodate about 700 spectators.
»  The Stadsschouwburg Museum is famous for its monumental chandelier.
»  In 2005, about 200 photos of naked people were taken in the theatre. It was a photoshoot held by a famous photographer SpencerTunick. These photos have been included in the collection and become popular all over the world.
»  Before the construction of the famous construction, it was necessary to demolish 45 residential houses. 150 citizens had to search for a shelter. These fundamental measures let the theatre find its place in the center of Bruges.
»  The City Theatre was built by the project of Gustave Saintenoy who won a competition dedicated to the construction of this significant building.
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Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Brugge and around
♥   Art museum 'Groeningemuseum' Bruges, 0.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Old St John’s Hospital' Bruges, 0.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Brugge
♥   Benedictijner Abdij van Zevenkerken, Sint-Andries, 7.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Sint-Baafskathedraal, Gent, 39 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van Dadizele, Dadizele, 40.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique-Cathédrale Notre-Dame de la Treille, Lille, 64.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Tournai, Tournai / Doornik, 67.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique Notre-Dame de Tongre, Tongre-Notre-Dame, 79.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Culture guide to Brugge. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Brugge: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Brugge. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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