General Information about Bruges
Bruges is the capital of the West Flanders province of Belgium and is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. The city of Bruges is located in the east of Belguim and the historic city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site sa it features many of the best preserved medieval buildings in Europe. It is believed that the first traces of human activity date back to when Julius Caesar built fortificatons at the port here to keep pirates away in the 1st century BC. Today Bruges has a population of over 117,220 people.
Famous for it's medieval architecture, Bruges has many popular attractions and sites including the Church of Our Lady, Belfry of Bruges, the Beguinage, the Basilica of Holy Blood, Sint-Salvador Cathedral, Groeningemuseum, many old city gateways and various museums.
The Church of Our Lady is one of the most famous buildings in Bruges and is located in the city centre. The Church of Our Lady dates from the 13th century and features the second tallest brickwork tower in the world which stands at 122.3 metres high. The Church of Our Lady houses the tombs of Charles the Bold, the last Valois Duke of Burgandy and his daughter, the dutchess Mary. Also inside the church is Michelangelo's white marble sculpture of Madonna and Child.
The Groeningmuseum is an art gallery/museum which features artwork dating from the 14th century to the 20th century and is famous for it's Felmish and Belgian paintings. The Flemish Primitive art is the main attraction of the Groeningmuseum and features works by many Baroque and Renaissance masters including Jan Van Eyck. The Groeningmuseum consists of 11 rooms in total. The Majority of the artwork exhibited here was done by people who lived and worked in Bruges.
Attractions in Bruges
Below are a selection of Attractions located in Bruges, Belgium. Alternatively, you can browse through all Bruges Attractions.