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

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    • 3 hours ago
    • %arc

    Incredible as usual how these guy are fast to mount and dismount every stage, the square is now already back to normal, ready for another weekly market tomorrow morning

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    • 14 hours ago
    • Gwynn H

    I missed it (if only I didn't need to sleep), so thanks for the screenshots, Messer!

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    • 2 days ago
    • Messer

    Procession of the Golden Tree. An amazing two-day historical carnival type procession - an amazing feat to put together one imagines! I have uploaded a few photos which hopefully will be published.

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    • 3 days ago
    • Bosnyák Károly

    The sound is very lacking.

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • %arc

    So many participants, great costumes, horses, cheeps, amazing parade, @everyone should watch the time laps recording if you could not watch it live

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    • 3 days ago
    • %arc

    Thank you so much to the Olives tree restaurant ans Skyline for offering us that amazing opportunity to watch that event live, so many participants...

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • %arc

    @Messer, Yes of course 3PM is local, should be wonderful, last time was in 2012 and was amazing, it even looks that the weather is favouring the event

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    • 4 days ago
    • Messer

    Dolly - thank you for advising what is happening in the Square over the weekend. Looking forward to the procession, etc - steeped in history by the sound of it. Presume 3,pm is local time?

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    • 5 days ago
    • Dolly

    Every five years the Procession of the Golden Tree parades through the streets of Bruges. This is an enthralling spectacle, with giants, floats, animals and 1700 colourful characters. With thisevent the city celebrates its existence, affirms its identity and commemorates its history.The first section of the pageant takes you through an enchanting evocation of a piece of Flemish history.The second part recreates the legendary festival of the Golden Tree. This grandiose cavalcade wound its way through Bruges in 1468 to celebrate the wedding of Charles the Bold and Margaret of York.
    Sat 19 August 2017 15:00

    Sun 20 August 2017 15:00

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Mel P

    That sounds wonderful Gwynne.

    Enjoy Ireland, you surely will. :-)

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Gwynn H

    Well, my work is actually fun in this instance. :) I work for a community choir and we travel with some of our youth singers every couple of years. I do much of the prep work with families and then get to enjoy the results of it while there. We've been traveling since 1998 but this will be our first time in Ireland. I am looking forward to it!

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Mel P

    Too many places to see, not enough time Gwynn, especially if you look at all the great places on these webcams. :-)
    Had a friend at school who moved to Copenhagen 40 years ago. He loves it - we've stayed in touch, maybe I'll go one day!
    So, sounds like Ireland is business rather than pleasure? I'm an Irish citizen, so travel over as much as possible to see family. Shame the Dublin webcam seems to have disappeared from here.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Gwynn H

    Thanks, @%arc! That looks really nice!
    Yes, Mel P, coming from Texas. It takes at least 2 flights, depending on where we go (sometimes 3 for cheaper). But we had two choices for next summer and hubby chose Stockholm/Copenhagen; so we'll have to put this one off a bit longer. Maybe in 2020! I travel for work occasionally, so it will be Ireland in 2019. Not retired yet, so have to stay with summer for now. Was in London last summer for a few days (with 35 of my best friends....). :) Definitely need to get back!

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • %arc

    A very good attraction also to do is to take the coastal little train that goes all along the beach form Knokke (near the Holland border) to La Panne (near the French border) schedule is, of course, different in winter times and often as in the summer but it is working all year around and it is very nice offering a great view to the see and the beaches all along.

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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