Bruges is the capital city of Flemish Region and
Belgium and also the largest city in the country. Bruges gained its
fame and size during medieval times when it became an important
trading town in North Europe flourishing between 13th and 15th
century. It is the capital of the province of West Flanders. Located
in the extreme northwest of Belgium, 90 kilometers from the capital
Brussels, it has a population of 117,000 inhabitants in its urban
center. Its name comes from the western Germanic "Bryggia"
("bridges", "docks", "berths"). It is interesting to note that, in
Dutch, "brug" means "bridge", and that this city has the plural name
of this word, due to the large number of bridges that exist in it.
The main attraction of Bruges is its historical center, declared
a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. Although it has been
largely rebuilt, this urban center is one of the greatest European
attractions, as it keeps the medieval architectural structures
intact. Like Amsterdam, Gothenburg and Hamburg, among others, Bruges
is known as "the Venice of the North", due to the large number of
canals that cross the city and the beauty of them.
Travel Destinations in Bruges
Basilica of the Holy Blood (Heilige
Bloed Basiliek) (Bruges)