"Ancient Bruges the ' Smedenpoort "" Ancient Brugge Tip by speed4turtles

Ancient Brugge, Brugge: 53 reviews and 108 photos

by speed4turtles

Through the "Smedenstraat" I walked till the "Kreupelenstraat", and after I watched 17th century chapel of the blinds and saw the golden statue of the 14th century, I went back and than first in the "Smedenstraat" to the Gate "Smedenpoort". You can see on the left side above the gate a head, It was there to remind in the middle ages to the people how they would end when they where steeling.

Smedenpoort : fortified city gate built in 1367-68, and transformed on several occasions. The little bell was used to announce closing time of the gate. The bronze skull recalls the betrayal by a citizen from Ghent who in 1688 tried to open the gate for the French invaders led by Louis XIV.

Smedenpoort : gebouwd in 1367-68, en later diverse keren verbouwd. Boven de poort een klokje dat 's avonds het sluitingsuur van de poort aankondigde. Het bronzen doodshoofd herinnert aan het verraad van een Gentenaar, die in 1688 stiekem de poort wou openzetten voor de Franse invallers onder leiding van Lodewijk XIV


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  • Updated Aug 24, 2003
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