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Bruges - Venice of the North
Bruges is sometimes called the Venice of the North. With its many narrow alleys and canals, the medieval city resembles its Italian example. Bruges is a pleasant place to get lost in and you don't have to look long for a place where you can taste the delicious Belgian specialties.
The 83 meter high Belfry of Bruges, also known as the Halletoren, can be found on the Great Square and offers a beautiful view of the city. There used to be a number of halls on the site of the building where wool and sheets were traded. In the thirteenth century a stone tower with a wooden spire was built on the halls.
Basilica of the Holy Blood
On the Burg stands the Holy Blood Basilica next to the town hall. The church owes its name to the Holy Blood of Jesus that is kept there. The Holy Blood is said to have been brought to the city by Diederik of Alsace, Count of Flanders. The building consists of two chapels, the Gothic upper chapel, the Basiulius chapel, where the relic is kept, and the smaller Romanesque Saint-Ivok chapel. Both were elevated to basilica in 1923. Also special to experience is the Holy Blood Procession, which is held from the basilica with ascension.
St John's Hospital is one of the oldest preserved hospital buildings in Europe. Today the building houses a museum about the hospital. The exhibition shows you what the hospital rooms used to look like and you can visit the old pharmacy, the accompanying herb gardens and the Hospital Chapel.
Church of Our Lady
You cannot look beside the 122 m high brick tower of the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwkerk church. It is the second tallest brick building in the world. Construction of the church started in the 13th century. The church contains beautiful works of art of the highest level. The main attraction is the world-famous white marble statue 'Madonna with child' by Michelangelo. You will also find in the church the tombs of Charlemagne and Mary of Burgundy and a beautiful marble main altar.
Green and sustainable tips for Bruges
The city is perfect to explore while walking. You will also get to the most beautiful places. Those who want to travel sustainably should better avoid large hotel chains and opt for local accommodation.