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"Burg" Burg Square Tip by tompt

Burg Square, Brugge: 9 reviews and 15 photos

  the Old Civil Registry and Townhall next to it.
by tompt

Bruges is a city with two town squares. The largest one is the Markt, the commercial heart of mediaeval Bruges. The other square was the heart of the administrative Bruges and is called the Burg.
The name remembers the time that Count Baldwin I had a fortified castle built here to protect the area against the Normans and Vikings. (burg means castle, fort)
There is no castle here anymore. But you will find some beautifull buildings here like the gothic town hall from 1376.
Next to the gothic town hall is the Old Civil Registry in renaissance style. (1534-1537). Since 1883 the building is used as Peace Court. On its left side is a building in another style: the former Court of Justice in neo-classicist style. (1722-1727). The former Court of Justice now houses the Tourist Information center of Bruges.
And tucked away in the corner of the square, next to the town hall, is the Chapel of the Holy Blood.


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  • Written Jan 4, 2004
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