Market Square, Brugge
This square has been the centre of Brugge life for over 1000 years - buses, cyclists, horse drawn carriages rattle across the cobbles avoiding the many tourists.
There has been a market here since 958 and we came across the weekly Wednesday market on our visit to the town.
The statue in the middle of the square honours two leaders of a Flemish revolt against the French provoked over a dispute over English wool.
French militia clashed with Flemish militia on July 11, 1302 as a result of this near Kortrijk but the Flemings were the victors and the statue was raised in 1887 as commemoration of the battle.
This is the square of shame - the only decent and honest earting place is Quick (a Belgian McDonalds) - the rest are dishonest café/restaurant owners who are out to fleece tourists, Do NOT eat or drink at any establishment here (apart from Quick).
The central square of Brugge is called many things we learned. Some call it Market Square, others Central Square, and others Grote Market.
Whatever it is called it is magnificent and a joy to walk around. The most prominent buildings on the square are the Belfry Tower and the Cloth Hall. However in all four directions of the square are unique buildings that provide a glance of the Brugge past.
In the center of the square stands the statue of Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck. The statue not only honors these two leaders of the 'Battle of the Golden Spurs' which took place in 1302 but was also an indication of the emancipation of Flanders.
The northern side of the square contains the elegant Provinical Court. The buildings were constructed in the late 19th century in neo-gothic in style which was supposed to be the style of the Catholics in Belgium at that time.
There are many vendors selling food in the square. The most interesting of course are the vendors who sell the "frites" with mayonoise in a paper cone cup. OMG so good!
Central to any exploration of Bruges is the city's illustrious market square which manages to retain an air of dignity despite its obvious tourist bent. The colorful gabled Guildhalls that line the exterior of the square are now relegated to restaurants and cafes though their a more historic past is not hard to imagine when viewing their near regal appearance.
The Markt Square is the logical starting point for any visit to Brugge, it is the heart and center of the city and one of the most picturesque sights. Here you'll find the Belfort (belfry) which rises from the old market hall, beautiful medieval buildings and lots of tourists. If you are inclined to go on a carriage ride, here is where you can pick one up.
In the center of the Square there's a monument to Pieter De Coninck, Dean of the Guild of Weavers and Jan Breydel, Dean of the Guild of Butchers, leaders of the Brugse Metten, a revolt against the French for imposing new taxes in 1302 by murdering anyone who could not correctly pronounce "schild en vriend" (shield and friend). Later the same year they went on to defeat the French knights in the Battle of the Golden Spurs.
Since the Markt Square is so heavily touristed, most of the restaurants lining the Square are overpriced tourist traps so do your research first if you don't want to waste a meal in Brugge. And trust me, you don't want to waste a meal in Brugge!
The City Square - actually named The Market Square (De Markt) is the main starting place for any touristic activity in Brugge. Personally, I think this is a jewel of a market square .. if only for being there worth a visit to Brugges :)
On the north side you can admire the neo-gothic building of the Provincial Court. Nowadays being the seat of West Flanders Provincial Court. Previously on this spot was the medieval Water Halls, which were covered halls where commercial ships could unload products for storage or for sale at the market (hence the name Markt/Market Square).
Arround Market Square you can find a lot of restaurants, cafes and frittes (french fries) stands. I guess is a tradition to eat some french fries with mayonnaise, ketchup or both in the Market Square - everybody does it. And they are pretty salty, so make sure you have plenty to drink. Also, I should warn you the restaurants at this particular location (well..it's the closest thing to the city center, the Belfry and everything..) are not quite cheap .. if you know what I mean. When hungry one can go walking on the streets and you will find eventually a place to eat suitable to your budget.
Brugge has two central squares. One is the Market Square - being in medieval times the commercial heart of the city, because of the trading activity (shipping, storage and market), and the other one is the neighbouring Burg Square - where you cand find the administrative part - the City Hall.
The Market Square is centrally located in Bruges. It's a good starting point for your exploration through the city.
It's an attractive and car-free square. The main monument is the belfry tower and the cloth hall. On the Northern side you will find the Provincial Court. There are quite some restaurants and shops located in the former private houses and guild houses on the Market Square.
This is one of the most beautiful squares I have ever seen. The buildings are beautiful, there are always horse drawn carriages, cobble stone streets, and cafés. What a great atmosphere for a relaxing trip.
This square was used as a marketplace since 958, and a weekly market was held here from 985 to August 1983, almost a thousand years! Today the large square is surrounded by banks, a post office, and many guild houses converted into restaurants. The Market is filled with pedestrians and bicyclists, and is a good place to start a walking tour of the city.
You can climb the 366 steps of the Belfry to have a splendid view of the square.
This is not 'leaning tower' in Pisa, but the Belfry - Beffroy. One can climb 80 meter high tower. Anyway I have red that the tower leans to the left by more than a meter so maybe the photographer (my husband) was not completly drunk when taking this picture. On the left side the Provincial Government Palace (current seat of the West-Flanders Provincial Council).
the markt, alias market square.. is the main square of brugge - and in the past it used to be the real commercial hub of the town. Nowadays it's where many charming buildings are located: the cloth hall and belfry, the provincial court, and several colourful medieval-looking houses. These are basically a fake - they were build quite recently but according to the original medieval architecture. In my oprinion, though not "real", they are still very nice and their colours do add a gracious touch to the square. Purists, obviously, would not agree.
It's the main square of Brugge. Very picturesque area with many little shops, cafes, banks in those buildings. I remember that there were two Belgian french fry stands in the square. The belfry is nearby as well. A statue of Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck (made in the 18th century) stands in the middle of the square. The colorful medieval-looking buildings in the picture aren't really that old - they were built to look like they're from medieval times.
The Market square is completely dominated by the cloth hall and the 83 meter high Belfry tower, one of the symbols of the city. The wooden spire that crowned the tower was again destroyed by fire in 1493 en 1741. After the last fire it was never rebuilt. Like in most cities of the Low Countries the belfry tower was the place where the important documents of the city were preserved.
The Market Square is the center of old Brugge. Lined with cafes covered with green awnings, multi colored buildings, the city hall, museums, the city tower, and statuary...