City Gates of Brugge
The city of Brugge is surrounded by canal. In the medieval times if you traveled from Ghent, Antwerp, and other small villages as you entered the city it would be necessary to pass through one of these city gates. These drawbridges or gates would raise and lower to allow boat traffic, and in the time of war, protection from their enemies. There presently exist only 4, but in the past there was approximately 7.
EXPLANATION OF GATE NAME
Gent - Poort
From the front you can see there is a footpath on both sides of the main entrance.
|The Smedenpoort gate it is located on the outside bank of the canal, away from the city. While the Kruispoort Gate is located on the inside of the circle of canals that surround the city.|
|Lots of bike paths in Brugge, and are used as normal transportation. You can rent bicycles, or take a tour by bike of Brugge and areas close to the city.|
|See the holes. It appears that this was for the rope that
would be used to raise and lower the bridge that in the past the gate was lowered over the
There are also wholes in the walls for window, or shoot their weapons of either bow and arrow or crossbow.
|Inside the main entrance walls.|
|Small curious little windows are on the building.|
|Other side of the Gate. This view is as you would enter the city.|
|The bike have their own paths, and you must be careful that you do not walk on the bike paths. There are pedestrian paths.|
|Side view of the Smedenpoort Gate to Brugge.|
|The canal is to the right of the picture. You can see one arch of the bridge that crosses the canal.|
|Beautiful green trees, and a park along side the canal.|
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