Bruges - Market Square live camBruges, view of the Market Square near the Belfry bell tower from the Olive Tree Restaurant

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    • 25 minutes ago
    • Richard Sealy

    Usual Wednesday travelling market Ken. Lovely cheese, breads, meats etc. They roll in and roll out by early afternoon. The smell when your going around is terrific as well. Love Brugge. Cheers from the UK.

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    • 3 hours ago
    • Ken Womack

    What is happening on square today. Are those food trucks?

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    • 4 days ago
    • Paul

    @0%arc, mostly English, however I’m fluent in Australian, Canadian, Irish! But my mother toungue is Geordie! Thank you.

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    • 5 days ago
    • %arc

    @Paul, so sorry, please do accept my apologies, English is not my first language, I do speak French as first one but also Dutch, German and English... and you ???

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    • 6 days ago
    • Barry

    When someone takes the time and trouble to upload a picture please appreciate it or you'll end up like CS.

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    • 6 days ago
    • Paul

    @%arc, please get your spelling corrected for your next comment!

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    • 6 days ago
    • %arc

    @PMM... iPhone hummm ... I hate apple, the photo I did upload was taken in December, very poor light, but with a Canon EOS 1DX... not pratical as a phone, but it proove that Iphone / samsung or else are ment to place a call... not to take a picture :-) I hope you did enjoy your trip this is the most important

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    • 6 days ago
    • PMM

    @%arc - I have to agree it wasn't a great shot - no problem with my iPhone - but it was blowing a gale and raining at the time! ☺

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • %arc

    @PMM you definitely need to upgrade your camera :-( your picture does not do any goods to our great host for that cam

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • lik ping me kok

    congrats from Thailand. We are also champions.

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • %arc

    Congratulation to Bruges Begium Champion... should I said ... Again... :-( ... still 6 month to wait to be back in Lovely Bruges... but first... Sidney in July than Rome in October...

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • Herman Gevaert

    Wat een massa volk op 21 mei 2018 voor het huldigen van de Brugse Kampioen van België! Ongeloopflijk!

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • LEANDRO GORGEN

    Club Brugge, Club Brugge, Club Brugge, campeon, campeon, acampeon, em algum dia ainda vou assistir a uma partida do Club Brugge..abraços e felicitações aqui do Brasil.

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    • 1 month ago
    • PMM

    We were in this Square yesterday! The market was on. Waved at the camera too. Will upload a pic. Magical Brugge. ☺

Bruges - Market Square

Market Square (Grote Markt) is the heart of the stunning medieval city of Bruges (Brugge), with an area of about 1 hectare it is the center of the commercial life and the ideal spot where a variety of social, political, and religious events take place.

Today the square is one of the most important must-see attractions, hundreds of tourists and locals transit here every day delighted by the fact that after the renovation works of 1995 parking was finally removed and the whole area became mostly traffic-free, a real pedestrian's dream; Market Square is dominated by the impressive medieval (1220) 83 meter high Belfry Tower (or Beffroi), one of the city's most prominent landmarks; its magnificent 47-bell carillon continues to peal out over the city every quarter hour, although thrice destroyed and rebuilt, from its top it still offers breathtaking views over the whole Bruges; declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2000, this stunning city still keeps its original late medieval features so that is one of the most well-preserved medieval cities in Europe; whether we decide to explore the city simply on foot or in a horse-drawn carriage we'll be equally captured by the magical atmosphere of this so picturesque town while enjoying a charming transportation to the medieval. Its attractions also include the Cloth Hall, the imposing Provincial Palace in neo-gothic style, the statue of the patriotic heroes Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck also decorates the square while many shops and restaurants are surrounded by old buildings and houses. Very little information dates from the pre-roman age, anyway it seems that Bruges was founded as a fortress-city in the 9th century by Vikings who settled here (the Dutch name "Brugge" seems to have come originally from "Bryggja" meaning "harbour or mooring place"); the growing prosperity of the city made it rapidly one of the most important maritime capitals of Europe until the 16th century when Bruges entered a period of stagnation. For a longtime it was at the center of the chronic struggle between England and France, this situation led to many revolts, The Bruges Matins (Brugse Metten), which saw armed insurrectionists led by de Coninck and Breydel, is absolutely worth mentioning.

Bruges, capital of West Flanders, is today a real city-museum, a charming scenery filled with incredible history, although its size, there is a lot to see and do, our tour should also include a visit to museums and ancient buildings (such as the Groeninge Museum and the gothic Palace of Gruuthuse, magnificent masterpieces of Flemish architecture) and churches, cafès and shops still working according to ancient techniques; it is assumed that the manufacturing of lace started during Ancient Rome, anyway this tradition is still strongly alive and an important resource even if the city knows other growing economic sectors, it is a world famous chocolate hotspot with a variety of chocolatiers and shops and a paradise for all lovers of beer; walking through the picturesque streets of Bruges we'll be invaded by chocolate shops, pubs and lace boutiques with all kinds of gifts, it will be furthermore interesting a visit to the Lace Museum with its permanent exhibitions showing several lace varieties, a must-see for all lovers of craftsmanship of high quality. Our tour in Bruges, also known as "Venice of the North" due to its picturesque canals, should also include a delightful boat ride while appreciating the charming surrounding scenery including the Saint John's House Mill (Sint Janshuismolen) and the Koelewei Mill (Koeleweimolen).

Bruges has also been designated as European Capital of Culture in 2002 due to its significant cultural importance in architecture as well as painting, moreover it was well represented by the important poet and priest Guido Gezelle, the house in which he was born is today used as a literary and didactic museum.

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