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As Henry Wadsworth Longfellow put it in "The Belfry of Bruges"
As the evening shades descended,
Low and loud and sweetly blended,
Low at times and loud at times,
And changing like a poet's rhymes,
Rang the beautiful wild chimes,
From the belfry in the markt
Of the ancient tower of Bruges.
Thinking "beautiful wild chimes" might conjure up a picture of dingling wind chimes but, when there's a concert on I can assure you that's about the furthest thing from your mind. It's loud, it rings through the town and there's 47 of them but it's entrancing in its own right. They have a combined weight of 27 tonnes.
This symbol of liberty and demonstration of power and prosperity testifies to the architectural capabilities of the Flemish. Beside the tower in bronze is a replica so blind people can "see" the tower.
At 272 feet in height (sounds so much higher than around 83 metres) it's not the tallest tower by a long way but the view from the top reached by what I call the "leap year steps" (work out how many yourself) gives a wonderful overview of Bruges, particularly the most interesting bits.
The original tower and cloth hall (where cloth from different cities was sold to international traders) were built in 1240 and destroyed by fire 40 years later. At that point the four wings of the cloth hall already existed, as well as the two square segments of the belfry. The present octagonal lantern was added to the tower construction between 1482 en 1486.
Yet again fire struck when the wooden spire that crowned the tower burnt down in 1493 and again in 1741.
After this last fire, the spire was never rebuilt.
This photograph is one of my favourites that I took in Brugge, I hope you like it too.
Address: Markt 7, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
Directions: Near the Grote Markt
Phone: +32 50 44 87 11
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