"Belfry Tower / Cloth Hall / Provincial Court" Provinciaal Hof - Provincial Court Tip by balhannah

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  • Provincial Court @ Market Square - Brugge
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Another square that is a must to visit. The Market place is pedestrian friendly, with no cars, only Horse & Carriage.

The main monument is the 83 metre high Belfry Tower & the Cloth Hall. The original Tower built in 1240, was destroyed by fire in 1280. The present octagonal lantern was added in the 1480's. Then a wooden Spire that adorned the tower was destroyed by fire in 1493 & 1741 and never replaced again. This Tower was used as a Watch Tower, and it had important documents kept there. There were different sounding Bells for different events, eg. danger, important announcements, the time, etc. There are 47 bells which still play lovely music during the day. You can climb the 366 steps for a nice view of Brugges - entry fee
The Cloth hall is where Flemish cloth that was manufactured in other cities, was brought here and sold.
The beautiful Provincial court is here also, with fire also playing a part in the history of this building.

THE BELFRY TOWER is open from Tues - Sun 9.30 - 5pm Admission fee 5 euros

Address: City Center

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  • Updated Mar 2, 2010
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