The enchanting town of Bruges or Brugge (depending on where you are from) was frozen in time by the silting of its connection to the sea. What was once a thriving commercial hub became a ghost town. Only recently has the city been exploited for tourism; most of its medieval architecture and charm had not disintegrated, so it was resurrected into one of Belgium most popular travel destinations.
Bruges is often referred to as the “Venice of the North” since canals are an integral part of the village scene.
Markt square is the focal point of the Old Town. It is a beautiful public space with characteristically-Dutch, well-maintained buildings, restaurants, and shops.
Another nearby square, Burg Square, is equally enticing. Many of the structures here are government buildings, such as this one.
Also on Burg Square is the Basilica of the Holy Blood, with its beautiful interior.
Bruges is one of only a few places outside to Italy to possess an original sculpture by Michelangelo. The “Madonna and Child” is housed withing the Church of Our Lady, one of the city’s most prominent landmarks..