In Bruges, which has reached us in the unspoiled splendor of the medieval time, every house - a work of art that you can enjoy for hours. A small paved square Burg is the epicenter frozen in stone once the greatness of the richest commercial city. Here, all the buildings are not just good, each of them - a masterpiece of architectural art.
In medieval times the square Bourg was a political and religious center of Bruges, and its name means "fortress." There really once stood strong fortifications around which originated in Bruges. After the fort was destroyed, the square began to grow fine Gothic building, as if competing with one another in elegance and beauty.
Look everyone, got on the Burg, immediately attracts to itself a splendid town hall. This building, richly decorated with sculptures of the Flemish counts and countesses, and intricate carvings, was the most beautiful office building of the XIV century Belgium and served as a prototype for a variety of administrative structures of this kind throughout Europe. Town Hall of the light-gray sandstone, whose construction was delayed by almost half a century (from 1376 to 1421) is striking not only in appearance. It is also famous for its beautifully decorated Gothic conference room with vaulted ceiling made of wood.
Another gem Burgh - Basilica of the Holy Blood of Christ, the stores in their lacy walls of one of the most valuable relics of Christian culture. This exquisite little church was built specifically to hold a few drops of blood of the Saviour, who in 1150 brought from the Crusade Flandres Count Dietrich of Alsace. Among other things, the basilica is a clear demonstration of the evolution of architectural thought: Romanesque base (Chapel of St. Basil) gradually moves to the top and ends late-Renaissance elements. To say that this is just beautiful - then do not say anything at all.
Burg Square is so perfect and harmonious, that the reality of its existence, to believe with great difficulty. The only way to check - to come to Bruges himself and touched one of the buildings with their own hands. No, they're not made of cardboard, this is not the backdrop for high budget Hollywood film. It actually exists and is part of the magnificent Bruges.