We have all fantasized about how life would be if we belonged to some other time period. When I visited the capital of Belgium, that is exactly what I got; a different time period. The brilliance of Brugge is that all its Architecture is kept intact. All the buildings, monuments and canals are like paintings from the 16th century. It is not known as the most well preserved city in Europe for nothing. If you look closely in the picture above, you will see, 1669 is written on the building on the opposite side of the street. This was the view outside my hotel room.
The Gothic architecture of Brugge is clearly evident in the picture above. Every turn in this small city was full of surprise. It seemed more like a set of a royal film than an actual place.
The picture on the right was taken on a beat alley while I traveled through the city. It was so exhilarating imagining the stories this alley had seen in all its lifetime, now mine added to it. There is something unexpected about narrow alleys. The fact that we cannot see where it leads lets me contemplate on the possibilities of the unknown to be met towards the end of it.
The Burg Square Showing off the the Gothic Brugge Town hall built in 1376.
The Town Hall in Brugge is the oldest Town Hall in Europe. The exterior in itself is enough to woo anyone towards it. Once you enter, you are bound to get awestruck. The golden ceiling with paintings in detail depict the history of Brugge. There are chairs laid out for the visitors to relax while the soak in the magnificence. While i stared at the brilliant paintings, it dawned upon me that it was from that very hall, where Brugge was ruled from for over 700 years.
"Church of our Lady" is the second tallest brickwork construction in the world and remains the tallest in the city. In the photo above you can see the famous while sculpture "Madona and the Child" by Michelangelo. This sculpture is very unique becasue it is the only sculpture by Michelangelo which left Italy while he was alive.
"Madonna and Child" was originally made for Siena Cathedral. It was purchased in Italy by two Brugean merchants, the brothers Jan and Alexander Mouscron for 4000 florin, and in 1514 donated to its present home, The "Church of our Lady".
Roman Catholic Minor Basilica or Basilica of the Holy Blood was built in the12th Century
The start of the Canal Tour
A ride through the waters. Brugge: Venice of the North
Brugge had an extreme economic importance as the canals were used as trade routes. Even now, its a major tourist attraction. If you love Gothic monuments, boat rides and age old artefacts, Brugge is a must visit destination for you. The place has often been compared with paintings from the 15th century and rightly so. Brugge definitely is a work of art as a city.
If you want to know about my visit in detail, do contact me. Till then, take care and keep celebrating the spirit of travelling!