Bruges, known as the Venice of the North (a title shared with Amsterdam) was at one time a wealthy harbour with a flourishing trade in products from England, Scandinavia, Spain, Venice and Genoa. Bruges gave birth to the Flemish school of painters. Museums in Bruges display the works of Memling, Van Eyck, Van der Goes and other famous 15th-century artists. The belfry, shown here, rests on 13th-century foundations but the upper floors date from the 14th and 15th centuries.
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