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Top 10 Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp & Ghent by Antony Mason

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Top 10Bruges

In the middle ages, Bruges was one of Europe’s most prosperous cities. Its wealth derived from trade which brought silks, furs, Asian carpets, wine, fruits, and even exotic pets to its busy network of canals. Then in about 1500 Bruges fell from grace and slumbered for four centuries. It remained a pocket-sized medieval city, its poverty alleviated by almshouses, pious institutions, and a cottage industry supplying Europe’s thirst for lace. In the late 19th century, antiquarians recognized Bruges as a historic gem, and began a campaign of preservation and restoration. The city has been a popular tourist ...

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