History of Brugge Belgium
City in northwestern Belgium, capital of West Flanders Province, about one half hour by train to the port of Oostende. The city is connected by canals to Oostende, Ghent, and the ocean port of Zeebrugge. In the past Brugge was a textile manufacturer specializing in Bobbin style fine lace, Considered one of the best preserved medieval city in Europe. Other industries are chemical manufacturing, brewing, and shipbuilding.
50 bridges that span the canals in the city and that can be opened to permit the passage of ships. There is a marketplace in the center, with a Belfry or Bell Tower 108 m (353 ft) high;
Art treasures of the city are Virgin and Child (1501-1505), a marble sculpture attributed to Michelangelo, and the chief paintings of Hans Memling and home of their famous artist Jan Van Eyck.
1795 to 1814
1814 to 1830
1914-1918 German military forces occupied Brugge during World War I
1940 to 1944. German occupation during World War II
Population (1991 estimate) 116,717.
The people of Brugge speak Dutch or Flemish. And although the language is Flemish the country shares many cultures. France is only a few hours to the south, Nederland a couple hours to the north, and Germany to the west. The architecture, and history is a combination of cultures, and at one time or another all 3 of those countries has occupied Brugge.
Brugge is often called the "Venice Of The North".
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