The Flemish beguinages can be compared with monasteries for women. However, in the beguinages the sisters (or beguines) never made vows for life
The charismatic area of Bonifaciusbridge and Arentshof has the ability to enchant many a visitor. Its irresistible combination of striking history and warm romance may take your breath away. Arentshof, located along one of the picturesque canals, manages to create an entirely unique atmosphere with its tall trees, hidden benches, mysterious pieces of art and marvelous view on Church of Our Lady and Gruuthuse palace
This impressive brick church was erected in an early Gothic style in the 13th century. The remarkable interior counts amongst its treasures a miraculous statue of the Virgin Mary (1625), a striking organ-case and an equally stunning rood loft and pulpit (1652). A truly great attraction is the monumental church tower. The top offers a magnificent panoramic view of the polders.
A visit to Bruges isn’t complete without a boat trip on its canals. Go aboard at any of the five landing stages (consult city map) for a half-hour trip that allows you to appreciate the most noteworthy delights of the city from a completely different angle.
The most important of Bruges’ towers stands 83 metres tall. It houses a treasure-chamber, an impressive clock mechanism and a carillon with 47 silvertoned bells
Bruges’ City Hall (1376) is one of the oldest in the Netherlands. It is from here that the city has been governed for more than 600 years. An absolute masterpiece is the Gothic Hall with its late 19th-century murals and polychrome vault. The adjoining historic hall calls up the city council’s history with a number of authentic documents and works of art
The charm of Bruges, Belgium, is something that has been years in the making. Bruges' history as a seaport dating back to the 17th century has created a culture as unique as its landscape. Known as ‘The Venice of the North’, calm canal streets and historic Belgian architecture act as the backdrop to this historic port city. Visitors explore the historic charm within the brimming cathedrals and museums at places like Church of Our Lady, Loppem Castle and Groeningemuseum. But Bruges offers more than Old World beauty. Modern pleasantries can be found throughout the city – from the adventure at Boudewijn Seapark to the shopping and dining in the city square. It all creates the perfect blend of 17th-century architecture and current luxuries in a place unlike any other.
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