Belfry Tower - Belfort, Brugge

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    Belfort

    by Dabs Updated Sep 10, 2013

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    Belfort at night
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    After rewatching "In Bruges" where the belfry is the central focus of much of the movie we had to go to the top but unlike the movie you can't go up at night as we found out when we arrived at 4:30pm to find that we had missed the cutoff by 15 minutes. The sign says only 70 people are allowed at the top so it may be best to do this earlier in the day.

    Admission is currently 8€ and is no longer included on the hotel discount card. My husband dared me to go up and ask if they would take 4.90 (a movie reference) but it doesn't make any sense anymore. I didn't take his dare to walk up to someone and tell them not to go up because the stairs are very narrow either...

    The 366 steps to the top are broken up with a stop at the Treasury where you can see the clock mechanisms and bells, the last section of the stairs are incredibly narrow and not made for big footed people like me and one more waffle and my butt probably wouldn't have fit either! The reward at the top is a fabulous view over the city and try to stay up long enough to hear the bells, we were there right at noon but I think they chime every 1/4 hour.

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    Listening to Bizarre Belfry Tunes at the Markt

    by bpacker Updated Dec 26, 2005

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    Belfry towers above the Markt

    As the evening shades descended,
    Low and loud and sweetly blended,
    Low at times and loud at times,
    And changing like a poet's rhymes,
    Rang the beautiful wild chimes,
    From the belfry in the markt
    Of the ancient tower of Bruges.

    (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow "The Belfry of Bruges")

    Once you are in the Markt, you'll definitely hear tunes that'll put a smile on your face. It's not exactly Wadsworth's idea of a beautiful and wild tune though. Yes, I think the ol' chap will turn in his grave if he knew that the bell tower rings out bizarre tunes today. I could have sworn that the bell was chiming out "Don't Worry, Be Happy" when I was there!

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    Beffroi - the Belfort Tower

    by iandsmith Updated May 3, 2007

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    Beffroi by night (bright one on the right)

    As Henry Wadsworth Longfellow put it in "The Belfry of Bruges"

    As the evening shades descended,
    Low and loud and sweetly blended,
    Low at times and loud at times,
    And changing like a poet's rhymes,
    Rang the beautiful wild chimes,
    From the belfry in the markt
    Of the ancient tower of Bruges.

    Thinking "beautiful wild chimes" might conjure up a picture of dingling wind chimes but, when there's a concert on I can assure you that's about the furthest thing from your mind. It's loud, it rings through the town and there's 47 of them but it's entrancing in its own right. They have a combined weight of 27 tonnes.
    This symbol of liberty and demonstration of power and prosperity testifies to the architectural capabilities of the Flemish. Beside the tower in bronze is a replica so blind people can "see" the tower.
    At 272 feet in height (sounds so much higher than around 83 metres) it's not the tallest tower by a long way but the view from the top reached by what I call the "leap year steps" (work out how many yourself) gives a wonderful overview of Bruges, particularly the most interesting bits.
    The original tower and cloth hall (where cloth from different cities was sold to international traders) were built in 1240 and destroyed by fire 40 years later. At that point the four wings of the cloth hall already existed, as well as the two square segments of the belfry. The present octagonal lantern was added to the tower construction between 1482 en 1486.
    Yet again fire struck when the wooden spire that crowned the tower burnt down in 1493 and again in 1741.
    After this last fire, the spire was never rebuilt.
    This photograph is one of my favourites that I took in Brugge, I hope you like it too.

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    A frequently photographed landmark

    by chrishc Updated Jun 24, 2004

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    The Belfry in all it's glory

    The belfry can be seen from many places around the city as it stands sentinel over the markt.

    Apparently there are 390 steps to the top (about), fortunately when we tried to go up it was closed, and we didn't look a second time. Must go up next time we go.

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    Midsummer night

    by chrishc Updated Jun 24, 2004

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    The belfry at night

    This picture was taken just after 11 pm on the night before midsummer evening, it was not fully dark and was pleasantly warm sipping a beer in the bar opposite.

    One slight drawback, although the bells played some delightful tunes which were nice to listen to, it was slightly annoying when I was trying to sleep, perhaps I should have been out enjoying the city.

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    THE BELFRY / HET BELFORT

    by LoriPori Written Apr 27, 2005

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    The Belfry

    In the center of Brugge, in the Market Square you can't help but notice a large tower, THE BELFRY or HET BELFORT. At 83 metres it is one of the tallest structures in Brugge. We did not go up to the tower, but if you have energy enough, it is 366 steps to the top and I am sure you will be rewarded with some beautiful views of the city. The Carillon contains 47 bells with each their own distinctive sound.
    Admission is 5 Euros.

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    Bird's eye view

    by rexvaughan Updated Feb 12, 2007

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    The Belfort

    This magnificent tower is a great place to view the whole city and the Markt Square. A wooden tower was built in the 13th Century, burned a few years later and was replaced by this stone one in 1300. For about 500 years the laws and regulations governing the market below were proclaimed from the balcony over the entrance. Just above the balcony is a statue of the Virgin, one of abou 600 scattered throughout the city. The climb is 366 steps and well worth it for the view. There are several "resting points" on the way up. One of these allows you to see some of the inner workings of the carillon which is quite a work in itself - 47 bells. If you have sensitive ears, check out the concert times posted at the base of the tower. There is a 5 Euro fee for the climb.

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    Belfry Tower (1)

    by codrutz Updated Jul 27, 2004

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    Belfry Tower

    One of the most impressive monuments, which I can say is emblematic of the town of Brugge, is its Belfry Tower, located in beautiful downtown Brugge - the Market Square.

    The beautiful designed tower, made in the 13th century, is 83 meters high, and has on the top floor no less than 47 bells, always ringing some 'strange tunes'.

    You can climb the 366 steps inside the tower to reach the top floor where you have a panoramic view of the city. It's a shame I didn't do that (this time).

    The valuable papers of the city were kept here inside chests, behind an iron door. Next to the door is the victory bell of 1680, 2 meters in height and weighting about 6.000 kgs. The weight of the rest of the bells varies between 15 and 5.000 kilos.

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    Panoramic View from the Belfry

    by bpacker Updated Sep 16, 2004

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    Up on the roof @ Belfort, Bruges

    Other than chiming out bizarre tunes, the tower provides a panoramic view of Bruges. The view is superb and it is a must do, IMHO.
    Ah yes, I have to say it is 366 steps to the top but the view is worth all those step aerobics. Besides, there are rest points and benches in between your journey to the top and you'll be met by empathectic fellas like yourself. Never mind if you don't speak the same language. Panting is universal.
    Once you reach the top, you'll get a 360 deg view of Bruges. Don't worry, there are not too many tourists up there. Yeah, not too many folks are willing to run 290 feet vertically. You'll find most of them clustered by the 2 "frites" stands at the bottom of the tower !

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    Het Belfort / The Belfry (cont.)

    by Christophe_Ons Updated Apr 13, 2004

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    The Belfry tower looming over the city.

    If you decide to climb the 366 steps to the top of the belfry tower, you'll be able to visit the 1748 treasury on your way up. Objects on display also include a bell cast and a a 1742 Copper drum cast by Joris Dumery.
    See the impressive clock mechanism and the carillion (and maybe even hear it play) and, finally, enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the town below.

    Admission : 5 Euro, Tue-Sun 9.30am - 5pm.

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    Go >300 steps up the Bruges Belfry for a View!

    by jumpingnorman Updated Feb 11, 2009

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    View from the belfry, Bruges, Belgium



    I always love going up towers when I am in a new city I have not visited before...it gives a great panoramic view. And in Bruges, the Belfry does not dissapoint!

    This 88 metre tower from 13th-14th century houses the former city treasury. I don't think the treasures are there anymore, but the the view from the top is the real treasure!

    You will aprreciate the beauty of Bruges after climning 366 steps that takes you past the impressive clock mechanism and the famous 47-bell carillon.

    Definitely not a place to missed in Bruges!

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    Het Belfort / The Belfry

    by Christophe_Ons Updated Apr 14, 2004

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    The Belfry tower

    The 83 meter high Belfry tower dominates Brugge's central square, the "Markt".
    The original tower and cloth hall (where cloth from different cities was being sold to international traders) were built in 1240 and destroyed by fire 40 years later. At that point the four wings of the cloth hall already existed, as well as the two square segments of the belfry. The present octagonal lantern was added to the tower construction between 1482 en 1486. Disaster struck again when the wooden spire that crowned the tower burnt down in 1493 and again in 1741.
    After this last fire, the spire was never rebuilt.

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    A Symbol of Brugge

    by lamentforicarus Updated Dec 31, 2004

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    The mighty Belfort tower looming over the MARKT square is a symbol of Brugge. Over 83 meters tall (and a daunting 360 steps to the top), the tower can be seen from anywhere in the vicinity. Originally constructed in 1240, it was destroyed in a fire only 40 years later. Its present octagonal form was added in the late 15th century. As you peer out over ancient Brugge from the tower's crown, imagine the great change witnessed by the tower in its 800 years of history, and marvel at its enduring symbol of this medieval city.

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    The belfry

    by ATLC Updated Mar 20, 2005

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    BELFRY, BRUGGE

    It takes a little angling (and sitting on your knees) to get a full photo view of the belfry from inside the court yard.
    It does look like the waffle that I ate (see Restaurant tips).

    At the time there was an art exposition in the building behind the belfry. Very exquisite sculptures, paintings, pottery, etc. I don't know if the exposition was permanent. There were a lot of artists present.

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    Belfry Tower

    by Gypsystravels Updated Mar 14, 2008

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    In the historical centor of Bruges is the Belfry of Bruges or the Belfort. It’s a medievil bell tower which formerly housed a treasury and the municipal archives. It also served as an observation post to detect fires and other dangers in the city. There is a narrow and steep staircase with 366 steps that will lead you to the top of the 83-meter-high building. The building leans about a meter to the east.
    It is said that the bells of the tower regulated city life. It annouced everything from fires, works hours and social, political and religious events. Sometime in the 16th century the tower got a carillon. This allowed for the bells to be played via a hand keyboard. The crillion originally comprised of 35 bells, but after the fire of 1741 the bells were replaced which today total 47.
    The Belfry is also knows as Halletoren (town of halls) because located on the sides and back of the tower stands the former market hall with an inner courtyard.

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