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Begijnhof

Begijnhof (Begijnhof 1, City Center, Brugge) – this is a collection of Medieval-era small buildings used by Beguines (lay sisterhoods of the Roman Catholic Church). A begijnhof (béguinage in French) consists of a courtyard surrounded by small dwellings. It is usually encircled by a wall and cut off from the town proper by one or […]

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Basilica of the Holy Blood

Basilica of the Holy Blood (Burg 13, Brugge) — The Basilica of the Holy Blood (Basiliek van het Heilig Bloed) is a 12th century chapel, in the medieval town of Bruges, Belgium, which houses a revered phial containing cloth stained with the actual blood of Christ. Or so it is believed. While the chapel itself […]

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Atomium

Atomium (Square de l’Atomium, Brussels) — Built for the 1958 World Fair, the Atomium represents a molecule’s nine atoms – magnified 165 billion times. Something of a symbol of the city, it provides a panoramic view of Brussels and its surroundings. The 9 spheres that make up the “atom” are linked by escalators. The Atomium […]