Antique print dated 1895.
The page is over 115 years old and in good condition.
In order to enhance and protect the page we have set in within a bespoke frame and mount.
Frame size 400mm x 370mm. available also in a
gold frame, your choice. RtW.11.
Entitled – Bruges. The Chief Canal, with Clock Tower.
Below the picture an inscription reads:
Bruges. – A rather melancholy place is the capital of West Flanders; the more so because the greater part of its 47,961 inhabitants are paupers.
The railway station we arrive at, after a journey of 1 and three-quarter hours from Brussels, is situated in the old Marche du Vendredi.
Once upon a time Bruges contained over 200,000 people; it derives its name from some fifty bridges which cross its canals.
The town is practically deserted, except between the railway station and the market-place.
For all that, Bruges is defended by walls and cidadels, relics of other days, dating from 1053.
The Cathedral of Notre Dame, without which no Continental town appears to be complete, is a piece of thirteenth century work, and contains the tomb of Charles the Bold.
It has a tower 390ft. high (partially restored in 1854-8), and the interior is 110yds. long, 41yds. wide, 58yds. across the transept, and 90yds. high.
Passing from the station to the town, one enters a small open space planted with trees, and leading to the Grande Place.
On the south side of this latter square stands the Halles, a great building erected in the fourteenth century.
The belfry on the Tour des Halles was begun in 1291; it is 352ft. high and leans slightly towards the south-east.
Has this latter circumstance, we wonder, anything to do with the general exodus from Bruges ?
The Hotel de Ville, in the Place du Bourg, is a really elegant Gothic building, with six turrets, and 48 niches in the facade, which, contain statues of the Counts of Flanders.
To the north of the Hotel de Ville lies the Palais de Justice, erected in 1722, on the site of a former building, which was burnt.
The library is established in the old Custom House.
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