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Favorite thing: For a while Minna still could convince her dear father that a marriage was not
really suitable for her but he finally lost his patience. He was getting old and
wanted to be assured of her future.
He decided that when the sun would rise for the 3rd time, he would give her away
to his favorite Horneck.
Minna was really desperate. She was torn between the love for and her promise to
Stromberg and the will of her father.
Before the sun set on the 3rd day, she run away during the night, into the woods
she ran, not to return again.
Some time later, when the acute danger of the Romans was gone, Stromberg
returned. Soon he found out about he disappearance of Minna and he started a
difficult and hard search.
At last, after many fearful hours he found his lover but she was total exhausted
from the lack of food and endurance. She just survived to die now in his arms.
First thought of Stromberg was to take his own life as well but then he made up
He decided that he wanted to be remembered the place where his true love Minna
has died. He would cherish and honour this place as long as he lived.
He built a cabin and then a dam in the middle of the stream to block the water
getting in. Then in the dry bed (?) of the river he digged a grave for his lost
love. Then he removed the dam to let the water run in free.
At the shore he found a huge rock and he incurved in remembrance of Minna
It is said by the legend that much time later in history, this exact place is
the location where the present tower has been built.
Favorite thing: There was a time when the Romans started the invasion of Gallia. An old sailor said goodbye to the sea when he got old. He had a single child, a daughter, and a very beautiful daughter.
Bruges then was a small village surrounded by woods and wetland. Because he was old he thought it would be best to search for a good husband for his daughter.
His choice was soon made: Horneck, a young guy who often came to visit.
But how does it go in love? Aaah our beautiful girl has fallen in love with
Stromberg, a young warrior from a neighbouring tribe. She never told her father
because she knew he had not much sympathy for these neighbours.
Her father kept insisting and she kept postponing.
When the Romans finally marched into the country, the warrior of all tribes set
of to fight them and stop them. Stromberg was one of the many warriors, but before he left to the battlefield, he promised Minna his everlasting love.
Favorite thing: To the left of the Basilica is the beautiful 14th century façade. The foundation stone of the Gothic City Hall was laid by Count Lodewijk van Male in 1376. The façade contains portrayals of biblical figures as well as characters from Flanders' past.
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Favorite thing: This is the inside view of the Basilica. Admission fees must be paid to see the musium next to the upper chapel. However, I visited, the upper chapel which is free ofcourse?
This section was said to have received a Neo-Gothic facelift in the 19th century, and it accomodates the relics of the Holy Blood which are worshiped every Friday. Legends has it that Count Diederik of Alsace was given a few drops of Jesus Christs Holy Blood during the crusade in Jerusalem as he was returning to Flanders.
Every year, the Holy Blood Procession takes place in honour of the Holy Blood.
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Favorite thing: The pics shows the entrance to the Basilica of the Holy Blood. The door to the left lead down to the 12th century Romanesques lower church whereas the right-hand door leads to the upper chapel dating back from the 15th century and restored in a Neo-Gothic style in the 19th century.
Castle Square Bruges
Favorite thing: The Castle Square is located close to the Old chambers on the left and the city chambers on the right. As you can see in the picture, I took the picture from the Old chambers.
The façade of the city hall is adorned with a galery of heroes, counts and Dukes etc. These are the people who featured in the history of Bruges and Flanders.
The City hall
Favorite thing: This is the administrative and the judicial and religious centre of Bruges. If the market place is deemed the heart of the town, then the castle square is its cradle.
Today, the square traces 1000 years of Architectural history.
Favorite thing: The Castle Square Burg is situated next to market square and is the birth place of Burges. This was the former lmocation of the first count's Castle built to defend the Flemish coast against the invassions of the Norsemen.
In the centuries that followed, a metropolis evolved around the military centre.
Lake of Love?
Favorite thing: However, from the 19th century, it appeared far more alluring for tourist to call the Minnewater "the lake of love". It is indeed a very romantic setting.
The other side of Minnewateris dominated by the Poertoren, or Powder Tower.
Favorite thing: Latter term is the more accurate one. The minnewater serve as a kind of communal basin, that is the "communal water".
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