Market Square in Bruges live camView of the Market Square where the Belfry overlooks from The Olive Tree Restaurant

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    • 1 week ago
    • Linda Seuneke

    Sound would be good on this webcam, then we could hear the chimes from the Belfort!

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    • 1 week ago
    • Wim Seymus

    Now live on SkylineWebcam : celebrating Belgian Soccer champions BRUGES FC

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • %arc

    @Kurt, Thank you for that info, I stand correct, I left Belgium in 1987..(but still love it fo course) and I just translate the amount it was than as I remerber, I paid 440 Frs for my bike and 220 for my dog :-) once I did not have it on my bike and got 1500 Frs penalty fee.
    I didn't now it was canceled, and in deed I remeber the different color of that little triangle every year, 1986 was orange, Thanks again, Marc

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Kurt

    Marc that biketax was stopped in Belgium between 1986 & 1991 because the production costs for some strange reason didn't add up to the revenues & also because of a lot of protest against more & more new extra taxes/ There were even 2 categories for working and unemployed (in the netherlands they could get the metal triangle -they had different forms & colours every year- for free but ! believe it or not you were not allowed to use your bike on a sunday (as an unemployed).

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • %arc

    Hi, that actually have a kind of tax, 12 € / year per bike, you get the metal triangular tag at city concil and it should be attach to the bike not having it result in a 35€ fee
    regarding insurance, it is included with your home and civilian damage insurance

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Thomas Collett

    Hi The Belgium council would make a mint if they made the cyclist pay to use the road and to have insurance like they do with the cars

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • %arc

    @Eliana, as written two messages bellow yours, it was for the Holy Blood procession on last Thursday, they will dismount it by next Monday

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Eliana

    Alguém sabe me dizer qual o evento que está acontecendo na praça? Eliana - Brasil
    Someone can tell me what the event is happening in the square? Eliana - Brazil

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • LEANDRO GORGEN

    skiline poderiam instalar mais cÂmeras na Bélgica, um país tão lindo....imagina uma câmera em Dinant seria fantastico.....obrigado

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • LEANDRO GORGEN

    o que vai acontecer na praça?
    estão montando acentos....show

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • %arc

    The procession will take place this Thursday at 14h00 (local) it is every year same day ( the Assumption day) first time the procession was recorded is 1291 !!! and every yeay uninterrupted (just in WW1 and WW2) since 1641 - according to the 'basilic du saint sang' archivex

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Thomas Collett

    when is the Holly Blood procession

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Thomas Collett

    All of you may call me Tom not Mr

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • %arc

    Preparation underway for the Holly Blood procession - la procession du Saint Sang -, lets hope this year the weather will allow it, last year it was cancelled in last minute due to heavy rain and strong wind that would probably damage the participant costumes

Market Square in Bruges

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.

Cam on-line since: 08/07/2012