22 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 22 sights are available in Bruges, Belgium.

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1. Poertoren

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The Poertoren is a tower on the Begijnenvest in Bruges. The tower has been the storage place for the city's gunpowder since 1477 and owes its name to the West Flemish word for gunpowder: poer. The 18 meter high tower has a diameter of 8 meters; the walls are about 1.3 meters thick.

Wikipedia: Poertoren (NL), Heritage Website

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), Heritage Website

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), Website, Heritage Website

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), Heritage Website

5. 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 facing stone 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), Url, Heritage Website

6. Kasteeldomein Ten Berge

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Kasteeldomein Ten Berge Vandevorst, Kris / CC BY 4.0

Castle Ten Berghe is a castle near Bruges, Belgium. A manor house on the site was mentioned in a charter of 1267; that building was destroyed in 1490, but rebuilt shortly afterwards. Work was performed in the late nineteenth century to expand and renovate the building, resulting in its current neo-Gothic appearance. Further renovation was performed in the early twenty-first century to prepare it for its current use as a bed and breakfast.

Wikipedia: Castle Ten Berghe (EN), Heritage Website

7. 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 is now there has its year of construction in 1770 and acts as a flour mill. It is already the third mill on that location. He owes his name to the guest house of Sint-Jan. The Gasthuis may never have had the mill in his possession, but an interest in it was imposed in favor.

Wikipedia: Sint-Janshuismolen (NL), Heritage Website

8. 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)

9. 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), Heritage Website

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), Heritage Website

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), Website

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), Heritage Website

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), Heritage Website

14. Archeologische site van de Sint-Donaaskathedraal

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Archeologische site van de Sint-Donaaskathedraal

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), Heritage Website

15. Sint-Donaaskerk

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

Wikipedia: Sint-Donatuskerk (Zeebrugge) (NL), Heritage Website

16. 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)

17. Jan Guilinibad

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

Wikipedia: Jan Guilinibad (NL), Heritage Website

18. '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), Heritage Website

19. 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), Heritage Website

20. Volkssterrenwacht Beisbroek

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Beisbroek Castle is a Belgian nineteenth-century castle in Sint-Andries, district of Bruges, in the domain of the same name. A nature center, a Planetarium and the People's Stir Guard are housed in the building.

Wikipedia: Kasteel Beisbroek (NL), Heritage Website

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), Heritage Website

22. 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), Heritage Website


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