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De Halve Maan Brewery
A 45-minute tour of De Halve Maan Brewery museum offers guests an inside look of the brewing techniques that have made Belgium one in all the most effective beer-producing countries within the world. Of the nation’s one hundred eighty breweries, the Half Moon is one in all the oldest. Six generations have operated the family-owned establishment since 1856. A nominal entry fee includes a free bottle of either the blonde beer Bruges Zot or the high-alcohol-content Straffe Hendrik. Guests will sample other varieties at the brewery’s bar or restaurant.
Basilica of the Holy Blood
The main draw at the 12th-century Heilig-Bloedbasiliek placed in town square may be a fragment of cloth believed to be stained with the blood of Christ. Legend has it that the relic was obtained throughout the Second Crusade in Jerusalem. Encased in a exceedingly crystal vial housed in an exceedingly gold-adorned cylinder, it’s displayed each Friday in a silver tabernacle in the heavily renovated chapel upstairs, that is adorned with wall murals and stain-glass windows. With its spare design and serene atmosphere, the well-preserved lower chapel may be a beautiful example of the Romanesque style of architecture.
Belfry of Bruges
This medieval tower dates back to 1240, built at a time once Bridges was a significant player within the cloth industry. It was rebuilt after being destroyed by fire 40 years later, with other fires occurring within the centuries following. Bells still chime out from the tower these days. Climbing the 366 step to the belfry’s clock rewards guests with a panoramic city view.
Market of Bruges
Few European plazas boast as many sidewalk cafés, shops and architectural treasures as the main square in Bruges. Since 958, this oversized square has been the city’s primary marketplace and administrative center. While most of the structures standing today date to the 19th century, the 13th-century bell tower known as the Belfort still rings out the hours. Many of the gabled buildings that line west and north sides of the square are reconstructions of traditional guildhalls. Horse-drawn carriages rides are available at the Market for half-hour tours.
Canals of Bruges
Because of its canals Bruges is usually referred to as ‘The city of the North’. Within the Middle Ages the ‘Reie’ river had been changed into a network of canals that enabled the traders to bring their products to the big Water Halls at the Market. These days a ship ride on these famous canals offer an excellent way to see a number of Bridges most lovely sites. Of all the canals, the Groenerei is that the most romantic. It’s best seen from Peerdebrug (Horse Bridge); looking towards the Meebrug, the canal is lined with trees and creepers, elegant 17th-century mansions and almshouses and topped by the cathedral tower.