23 Sights in Bruges, Belgium (with Map and Images)

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Explore interesting sights in Bruges, Belgium. Click on a marker on the map to view details about it. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 23 sights are available in Bruges, Belgium.

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1. Historium

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The Historium is a cultural-historical attraction on the Grote Markt of Bruges. On the basis of various experiences, one can see how Bruges was bustling during the Golden Age at the time of Jan Van Eyck. It also includes a Duvel café with free access, a virtual reality experience, a terrace with panoramic views, a Gothic tower and a department of the municipal tourist office.

Wikipedia: Historium (NL)

2. Belfry

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Belfry Graham Richter / CC BY 3.0

The Belfry of Bruges is a medieval bell tower in the centre of Bruges, Belgium. One of the city's most prominent symbols, the belfry formerly housed a treasury and the municipal archives, and served as an observation post for spotting fires and other dangers.

Wikipedia: Belfry of Bruges (EN)

3. Basilica of the Holy Blood

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The Basilica of the Holy Blood is a Roman Catholic basilica in Bruges, Belgium. The church houses a relic of the Holy Blood allegedly collected by Joseph of Arimathea and brought from the Holy Land by Thierry of Alsace, Count of Flanders. Built between 1134 and 1157 as the chapel of the Count of Flanders, it was promoted to a minor basilica in 1923.

Wikipedia: Basilica of the Holy Blood (EN)

4. Church of Our Lady

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The Church of Our Lady in Bruges, Belgium, dates mainly from the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries. This church is essentially "...a monument to the wealth, sophistication, taste, and devotion of this most Catholic city, whose history and faith stand today celebrated in this wonderful building."

Wikipedia: Church of Our Lady, Bruges (EN)

5. Lage vuurtoren van Heist

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Lage vuurtoren van Heist Marc Ryckaert (MJJR) / CC BY 3.0

The Low Lighthouse of Heist is a Belgian lighthouse whose light has been extinguished. After the silting up of the Zwin as a waterway, the city of Bruges looked for another way out to sea, and found it at the beginning of the 20th century with the seaport of Zeebrugge. The channel to this port was called Pas van 't Zand and was deepened. To mark this waterway, two engineering contractors had two lighthouses built. One of these two lighthouses was the Low Lighthouse of Heist which was built between 1905 and 1907. Together with the high lighthouse of Heist, it formed a light line for ships that wanted to enter the port of Zeebrugge. The light line was visible to ships that had the good course of 136 degrees, so that the light beams of the low guide light and the high guide light were aligned. Due to the expansion of the port of Zeebrugge, the lighthouse lost its function and the light was extinguished in 1983.

Wikipedia: Lage vuurtoren van Heist (NL)

6. Zeebrugge Churchyard

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The Cemetery of Zeebrugge is a municipal cemetery located in the Belgian village of Zeebrugge (Lissewege). The cemetery is located around the Sint-Donatuskerk on the Sint-Donaaskerkstraat, near the N34a. There are no civilian graves in the cemetery, only a bed with British and German military graves from the First World War. The cemetery is surrounded by a low brick wall and an arched entrance gate on the north side is closed with a double fence. On a plaque above the gate is the text: Deutscher Ehrenfriedhof Zeebrügge Nr.184 - Pate Ortsgruppe Blankenburg - Harz - Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge. On the western edge of the cemetery is a memorial to the fallen villagers from both world wars.

Wikipedia: Kerkhof van Zeebrugge (NL)

7. Hoge vuurtoren van Heist

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The High Lighthouse of Heist is a Belgian lighthouse whose light has been extinguished. After the silting up of the Zwin as a waterway, the city of Bruges looked for another way out to sea, and found that at the beginning of the 20th century with the seaport of Zeebrugge. The channel to this port was called Pas van 't Zand and was deepened. To mark this waterway, two engineering contractors had two lighthouses built.

Wikipedia: Hoge vuurtoren van Heist (NL)

8. Sint Janshuismolen

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The Sint-Janshuismolen in the Belgian city of Bruges is located on the Kruisvest, on the edge of the city center. The windmill that now stands there has its year of construction in 1770 and functions as a flour mill. It is already the third mill on that spot. It owes its name to the guesthouse of Saint John. The guesthouse may never have owned the mill, but an interest was imposed in it for its benefit.

Wikipedia: Sint-Janshuismolen (NL)

9. Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-van-Blindekenskapel

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The Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-van-Blindekenskapel on the Kreupelenstraat in Bruges was founded, according to tradition, after a promise made in the aftermath of the Battle of Pevelenberg that a candle of 36 pounds would be brought to the Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie every year. This promise was made by the husbands and mothers left behind if their loved one returned from the battle in one piece.

Wikipedia: Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-van-Blindekenskapel (NL)

10. Begijnhof Ten Wijngaerde

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The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaerde is the only preserved beguinage in the Belgian city of Bruges. There are no more Beguines living there, but since 1927 it has functioned as a convent for Benedictines, founded by canon Hoornaert. In the same year the houses at the west side were also reshaped and enlarged into the Monasterium De Wijngaard, a priory of Benedictine nuns.

Wikipedia: Ten Wijngaerde (Begijnhof Brugge) (EN)

11. Gruuthusemuseum

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The Gruuthusemuseum is a museum of history and applied art in Bruges and is part of Musea Brugge. The museum is housed in the 15th-century city castle or city palace of the lords of Gruuthuse on the Dijver in the old center of the city. The Gruuthusemuseum has a varied collection of historical objects and decorative art from the 13th to the 19th century.

Wikipedia: Gruuthuse (museum) (NL)

12. St. James's Church

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St. James's Church (Sint-Jakobskerk) is a Catholic church in Bruges, Belgium. Originally built around 1240, the church was considerably expanded in 1459 to match the rising affluence of Bruges, and was patronized by the Duke of Burgundy. In the late 17th and early 18th centuries the church's interior was remodeled in its present Baroque style.

Wikipedia: St. James's Church, Bruges (EN)

13. Smedenpoort

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Smedenpoort Marc Ryckaert (MJJR) / CC BY-SA 2.5

The Smedenpoort is one of the four remaining city gates of Bruges. The first gate dates from 1297-1299, but was rebuilt in 1367-1368 by the master masons Jan Slabbaert and Mathias Saghen. Later it was rebuilt a few more times. Characteristic of this gate is that, just like the Donkey Gate, it is completely surrounded by water.

Wikipedia: Smedenpoort (NL)

14. Archeologische site van de Sint-Donaaskathedraal

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St. Donatian's Cathedral was a Roman Catholic cathedral in Bruges, Belgium. Located on the Burg, one of the main squares in the city, it was the largest church in Bruges. The cathedral was destroyed in 1799 in the wake of the dissolution of the Diocese of Bruges during the aftermath of the French Revolution.

Wikipedia: St. Donatian's Cathedral (EN)

15. Sint-Donaaskerk

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The Sint-Donatuskerk is the parish church of the coastal town of Zeebrugge, which belongs to the Belgian city of Bruges, located on the Sint-Donaaskerkstraat. The church is dedicated to Donatianus of Reims, a French bishop from the 4th century and patron saint of the city of Bruges.

Wikipedia: Sint-Donatuskerk (Zeebrugge) (NL)

16. Poertoren

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A pod tower is a tower on a suspender vest in a bridge. Since 1477, the tower has been a warehouse for the city's gunpowder, so it owes its name to the Western word for gunpowder: poer. The 18-meter-high tower has a cross-section of 8 meters; The wall is about 1.3 meters thick.

Wikipedia: Poertoren (NL)

17. Simon Stevinplein

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The Simon Stevinplein is a square in Bruges, situated between the Steenstraat and the Oude Burg. On the square is the statue of Bruges-born mathematician and physicist Simon Stevin. Probably the oldest market square in Bruges was located here, before the Markt was built.

Wikipedia: Simon Stevinplein (Brugge) (NL)

18. Jan Guilinibad

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Jan Guilinibad is a swimming pool in the Belgian city of Bruges. It was erected on the corner of Keizer Karelstraat and Lauwerstraat, in the Kristus-Koning district, with an external construction in so-called "Bruges style" and with an interior in art deco.

Wikipedia: Jan Guilinibad (NL)

19. 't Zand

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't Zand Niels Vertongen / Copyrighted free use

't Zand is a square and neighborhood in the center of Bruges. The square is the largest in the city and is tunneled by the R30 ring road. Under the square is also a large parking garage that can accommodate almost 1900 cars.

Wikipedia: 't Zand (Brugge) (NL)

20. Poortersloge

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The Poortersloge in the Belgian city of Bruges is located on the Jan van Eyckplein, diagonally opposite the Tolhuis. It is located in the part of Bruges that focused on international trade in the late Middle Ages.

Wikipedia: Poortersloge (NL)

21. Tolhuis

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The old Tolhuis on the Jan van Eyckplein in the Belgian city of Bruges consists of several buildings: the corner house "Het Heilig Graf", the Pijndershuisje, the actual Tolhuis and the house "Het Wezelkin".

Wikipedia: Tolhuis (Brugge) (NL)

22. Frank Brangwyn-Arentshuis

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Frank Brangwyn-Arentshuis Musea Brugge / CC BY-SA 4.0

The Arentshuis is a museum in Bruges. Together with the Groeninge Museum, the Fine Arts from the 15th to the 21st century are housed here. The museum is located on the Dijver and is part of Musea Brugge.

Wikipedia: Arentshuis (NL)

23. Heilige-Kruisverheffing-en-Sint-Jozefkerk

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The Church of the Holy Cross and Saint Joseph is a church in Sint-Kruis, a part of the Belgian city of Bruges. It is the parish church of the center of Sint-Kruis, located along the Moerkerkse Steenweg.

Wikipedia: Heilige-Kruisverheffing-en-Sint-Jozefkerk (NL)

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