Wooden house in the medieval town of Bruges, Belgium

Wooden houses in the medieval town of Bruges, Brugge, in Flanders, Belgium Bruges is regularly referred to as the "Venice of the North", referring to the many watercourses and bridges. Most of these channels are called "canals", after the river Reie.
Another theory is that the nickname has to do with the fact that the medieval trading cities of Bruges and Venice fulfilled somewhat economically similar functions as major distribution centers, each in its own region. Bruges is also often referred to as the "Breydel City", after the Bruges folk hero from the 14th century, Jan Breydel.
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Wooden house in the medieval town of Bruges, Belgium
Wooden house in the medieval town of Bruges, Belgium

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