Church of Our Lady Bruges

Bruges – Where The Time Stands Still

Tiếng Việt

Nothing seems to have changed in Bruges since the Medieval Age. The capital of West Flander in north-west Belgium looks for all the world as though it has been plucked from the pages of a medieval fairy tale with picturesque cobblestoned lanes, beautiful canals and marvellous centuries-old buildings.


 

The history of Bruges (or Brugge in Dutch) dates back to the first century when it was used as a fortification by the Roman to protect the coastal area against pirates. With its strategic location at the crossroads of the southern and northern trade routes, Bruges grew into a commercial metropolis in the heart of Europe during the medieval time.

Minnenwater in Bruges
Minnewater
Church of Our Lady Bruges
Church of Our Lady Bruges

Apart from the religious wars in the 16th century and the French Revolution, Bruges refrained from the devastations associated with other conflicts in this part of Europe, including both World Wars. Most of its medieval architecture was left intact, making it one of the most well-preserved medieval towns in Europe.

Walstraat
Walstraat

Bruges’s most popular landmark is its Market Place with its 13th-century belfry, the Béguinage, housing a municipal carillon comprising 48 bells. Other sights include the City Hall, hospitals, the religious and commercial complexes as well as the historic urban fabric. The city illustrates an exchange of influences on the development of art and architecture, particularly in brick Gothic, which is characteristic of northern Europe and the Baltic.

Béguinage (or Belfort)
Béguinage (or Belfort)
Minnewater in Bruges
Minnewater

Practical Information

  • The train from Bruxelles-Midi to Bruges takes less than one hour, making the city an ideal destination for day-trippers from Brussels. It costs around 15€ per ride, but you can opt for a Weekend Ticket which is 50% cheaper
  • Bruges’s old town is relatively small. You can either explore it by feet or by horse carriage. A canal cruise is also an option if the queue is not too long.
  • Try visiting midweek, because the city is packed with tourists on weekends (and certainly on holidays). The crowd reaches its peak in summer months.
  • Belgian mussels and fries is a classical Flemish dish. Try it at Bruges or any fishing village and town along the coast.
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Bruges – Nơi thời gian ngừng trôi

Đối với tôi, Bruges – thủ phủ của vùng West Flander Tây Bắc nước Bỉ – như một trang trong cuốn truyện cổ tích mà tôi thường đọc lúc nhỏ. Một ngôi làng nhỏ với những con đường lát đá đan xen với những con kênh thơ mộng. Khi đến đây, tôi có cảm tưởng như thời gian ở đây hình như đã ngừng trôi từ nhiều thế kỉ trước.

Minnenwater in Bruges
Minnewater
Walstraat
Walstraat

Bruges được hình thành từ khoảng thế kỉ thứ nhất. Người La Mã đã cho xây dựng một căn cứ ở đây để bảo vệ vùng bờ biển khỏi hải tặc. Trong những thế kỉ tiếp theo, Bruges đã phát triển thành một trung tâm giao thương quan trọng nhờ vào vị trí đắc địa nối liền việc buôn bán của Hanseatic League ở phía Bắc với những thương đoàn khác ở phía Nam. Đồng thời với việc phát triển kinh tế, Bruges cũng đã trở thành một trung tâm trao đổi văn hóa. Điều này được thể hiện rõ nét qua kiến trúc Gothic bằng gạch, tiêu biểu cho kiến trúc của các nước vùng Baltic.

Minnewater in Bruges
Minnewater

Biểu tượng của Bruges là tháp chuông cổ Béguinage mang phong cách Gothic được xây dựng từ thế kỉ 13. Với chiều cao 122m, tháp Béguinage được đánh giá là tòa tháp cao nhất thế giới được xây bằng gạch. Bên trong tháp, bạn sẽ bắt gặp một chùm chuông bao gồm 48 chiếc với nhiều kích cỡ khác nhau. Tháp chuông là một phần của khu quảng trường trung tâm nơi đặt tòa thị chính và những công trình trọng yếu khác.

Béguinage (or Belfort)
Béguinage (or Belfort)
Church of Our Lady Bruges
Church of Our Lady Bruges

Một số thông tin cần biết

  • Bruges nằm cách Bruxelles-Midi khoảng một giờ đi tàu. Một lượt đi mất khoảng 15€, nhưng bạn có thể mua vé Weekend Ticket với giá chỉ bằng 1/2.
  • Trung tâm Bruges khá nhỏ. Đi bộ vẫn có thể xem hầu hết được tất cả các điểm. Bạn cũng có thể đi thuyền trên kênh nhưng thường là phải xếp hàng khá lâu, đặc biệt là vào mùa hè hay vào cuối tuần.
  • Một đặc sản của vùng West Flander là sò hấp và khoai tây chiên. Bạn có thể thử những món này ở hầu hết các quán ở Bruges hay bất cứ làng chài nào. Sò được bán theo kilogram và giá dao động khoảng tầm 20-25€.
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29 Comments

  1. Jules & Verne

    Great pictures Len! I was in Bruges only once, and it was unfortunately raining. The city is still fantastic, but those reflections of blue skies in the canals bring it to a whole new level 🙂 -Verne

  2. Bama

    Your second photo has this classical feel, with the church at the background, framed with vibrant colors of trees, stillness of the canal complete with swans. You do have an eye for good photographic spots!

      1. Mel & Suan

        Now that is truly something to think about. We lived close enough to drive but never visited in winter. We also heard it does not snow that often in the Benelux so that would indeed be a rare chance to see!

  3. Jolene

    Really pretty… lucky with the weather you had! From an outsider looking in, European cities seem to take on similar vibes after a while don’t they? ☺️

    1. Len Kagami

      Yep! They share similarities because the merchants did not only trade goods, they also exchanged culture.
      I know it might get dull after a few visits. That’s why I always include different activities into my trip, or example, museums visiting. I highly recommend you to visit Science Museum in Europe. It’s awesome! You don’t have to be a scientist to enjoy them 🙂

      1. Jolene

        Yes, I will be going through a few museums in my spare time to get deeper into their culture (although more the bespoke museums). Glad you ended by clarifying we don’t have to enjoy science, being a science dropout in high school isn’t very flattering. 😂

    1. Len Kagami

      I’m sure the town would be full of people! But I think Bruges will be more pretty thanks to the Christmas market. If there were snow, it will become a winter wonderland 🙂

  4. pattimoed

    Great post, Len. We tried the mussels and they were delicious, as well as their potato fries. 🙂 We haven’t been here a long while, but you reminded me of how beautiful the city is.

  5. Pierre P.

    It’s a city on my list of the cities I must visit. Your pictures remind me that I shouldn’t wait so long 😉

    1. Len Kagami

      You should do it before the town is overwhelmed by tourists 🙂 It’s an easy day trip from Paris. I guess it takes 2-3 hours, including changing trains.

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