is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium, in the northwest of the country, and the seventh-largest city of the country by population.

The area of the whole city amounts to more than 13,840 hectares (138.4 km2; 53.44 sq miles), including 1,075 hectares off the coast, at Zeebrugge (from Brugge aan zee,[2] meaning “Bruges by the Sea”).[3] The historic city centre is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO. It is oval in shape and about 430 hectares in size. The city’s total population is 117,073 (1 January 2008),[4] of whom around 20,000 live in the city centre. The metropolitan area, including the outer commuter zone, covers an area of 616 km2 (238 sq mi) and has a total of 255,844 inhabitants as of 1 January 2008.[5]

Along with a few other canal-based northern cities, such as Amsterdam and St Petersburg, it is sometimes referred to as the Venice of the North. Bruges has a significant economic importance, thanks to its port, and was once one of the world’s chief commercial cities.[6][7] Bruges is well known as the seat of the College of Europe, a university institute for European studies.[8]

4 thoughts on “BRUGES BELGIUM

  1. Lovely quaint buildings in the historical city of Bruges which also hosts a UNESCO World Heritage site. The story behind the picture is both informative and fascinating. It actually brings the painting to life. Every beautiful painting deserves a write-up such as this

    1. it is always great to read about the places and its history than just seeing the place on its own. Marilys has written some valuable information on Bruges like being the first stock exchange in the world:).

  2. The description of this place is really informative.A story adds color and texture to a painting.For the painter it boosts confidence,and to a writer the painting breathes life into an article. A blend of both brings out a treat to the eyes and the brain.
    Well done.đŸ™‚

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