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In the historical centor of Bruges is the Belfry of Bruges or the Belfort. It?s a medievil bell tower which formerly housed a treasury and the municipal archives. It also served as an observation post to detect fires and other dangers in the city. There is a narrow and steep staircase with 366 steps that will lead you to the top of the 83-meter-high building. The building leans about a meter to the east.
It is said that the bells of the tower regulated city life. It annouced everything from fires, works hours and social, political and religious events. Sometime in the 16th century the tower got a carillon. This allowed for the bells to be played via a hand keyboard. The crillion originally comprised of 35 bells, but after the fire of 1741 the bells were replaced which today total 47.
The Belfry is also knows as Halletoren (town of halls) because located on the sides and back of the tower stands the former market hall with an inner courtyard.

Address: Markt 7, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
Directions: Near the Grote Markt
Phone: +32 50 44 87 11
Website: https://bezoekers.brugge.be/nl/belfort

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  • Updated Mar 14, 2008
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