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Bruges / Brugge

facts in brief

Part of Braun and Hogenberg I-16 map
Part of Braun and Hogenberg I-16 map

Facts in brief:

Originally founded as landing on Zwijn estuary; St. Eloi, bishop of Noyon-Tournai converted town to Christianity; 1st counts of Flanders built castle here (9th cen.) to guard against Norman invaders; was Hanseatic city; important trade center 14-16th cen.

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