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Bruges - My Favorite City!

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Bruges (Dutch: Brugge) is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in Belgium. Bruges has significant economic importance thanks to its port, and is also home to the College of Europe. In the 15th century, Philip the Good, duke of Burgundy set up court in Bruges, as well as Brussels and Lille, attracting a number of artists, bankers, and other prominent personalities from all over Europe. However, before the end of the 16th century it was known as Bruges-la-Morte (French for "dead Bruges"). It was during this "dead" period (in the 1650s) that the city became the base for Charles II of England and his court in exile.

Bruges has most of its medieval architecture intact and its historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. Some descriptions of streets and buildings were found at "Pieter's Walk Through Bruges" - of which Pieter Blommaert has graciously allowed copyright-free usage.

Detail, 19th century add-on to St. John's Hospital
© Pat Ryder, 2008

Detail, 19th century add-on to St. John's Hospital

St. John's is one of the oldest still existing hospitals in Europe. The oldest known document with rules for the hospital dates from 1188.

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Taken: May 01, 2008
Uploaded: June 28, 2008
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