to know the city of Bruges by Joushua James
Bruges is considered to be one
of the most beautiful towns in Europe.
|Visitors who come here on
the snow months or December and January can never get enough of the enchanting
and breathtaking snowy landscapes of this city. One of the most beautiful
places in Bruges is Minnewater. The Minnewater is a canalized lake and
the Minnewater along with it's park form the entrance to this beautiful
city. You can enjoy a nice panoramic view over the town, from the bridge.
Due to the idyllic surroundings, the Minnewater it is referred to as 'the
lake of Love', the Dutch word 'Minne' meaning 'love'.
It's an important city in
Belgium with a population of about 120,000 inhabitants. What is unique
about this city is that it takes you back to medieval times with it beautiful
and well preserved medieval architecture buildings. Famous buildings to
see in Bruges are the "Beguinage", "Heilig Bloed Basiliek" or the Basilica
of the Holy Blood and the "Modern Concert Hall".
Important places for tourists
to visit in Bruges are "The Beguinage", "Our Lady's Church", "St. John's
Hospital", "St. Salvator's Cathedral" and "Gruuthuse".
|Another oft visited spot
is the Bruges market. It is one of the most attractive parts of the city.
The main monument here is the Belfry tower. It is one of the oft visited
spots and the city employs a full-time bell ringer, who puts on regular
free concerts. On the Northern side of the Market is Provincial Court.
In the centre of the market is the statue of Jan Breydel and Pieter de
Coninck, which honors the two leaders of the 'Battle of the Golden Spurs'
which took place in 1302.
Visiting the beautiful canals
of Bruges can be a moving experience. Bruges is called 'The Venice of the
North'. Today, you won't find any commercial ships sailing on the Bruges
and it has now become a place exclusively meant for tourist boats.
The best way to enjoy the
natural beauty and old charm of this city is to take a stroll at night
when the bustle of day activities have gone down so that you can take in
it's antiquity amidst calm surroundings.