Bruges Top Landmarks - Belgium

Bruges Top Landmarks – Belgium

Bruges Belgium
Bruges Belgium

Attractions of Bruges in Belgium. The most important and interesting sights of Bruges are photos and videos, descriptions and reviews, location, sites.

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Bruges Belgium

Bruges is not only the chocolate capital of Belgium, but without exaggeration, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Medieval Gothic ensembles and a network of canals, perhaps slightly inferior to the Venetian ones, attract crowds of tourists every year. In recent years, the tourist flow has increased so much that the residents of Bruges complain: they live like in Disneyland.

But there is a lot of guile in the grumbling of local residents: the tourism industry annually brings the city a colossal income, and in order to increase it even more, the authorities are constantly restoring old buildings and ennobling the city. Many of the buildings of clearly old architecture look like new, but this is not a “remake”, just the authorities care about the appearance of Bruges. And, of course, most of the old buildings are museums and you can visit them.

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Bruges Belgium

Attractions of Bruges, Belgium

In the very center of Bruges, there is a noisy, crowded and stunningly beautiful Market Square (Grote Markt), in whose buildings there are architectural styles of different eras. The Belfort Bell Tower on the square is one of the most important sights of the city.

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Bruges Belgium

The chime of its bells, measuring the time, arouses the admiration of the audience, and if you climb the inner staircase of the tower to the observation deck, then the view of the city is breathtaking. (more…)

Palau Nacional, Barcelona - Spain

Palau Nacional, Barcelona – Spain

Palau Nacional Barcelona Spain
Palau Nacional Barcelona Spain

The Palau Nacional in Barcelona is one of the most important attractions in the city and one of the main architectural monuments in the whole of Spain.

The Palace may at first look like an old and majestic building. The large building that houses the National Art Museum of Catalonia was only built in 1929 for the International Exhibition.

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Palau Nacional Barcelona Spain

This museum has one of the best collections of Romanesque art in the world. The museum also houses an extensive collection of Catalan paintings from the Gothic period and later.

Some distance from Plaza de España, above the territory of the Exhibition Center, at the top of a wide flight of stairs stands a huge Palau Nacional, vaulted and somewhat architecturally embellished, where the Museum of Catalan Art has been located since 1934. The Palau Nacional, originally built for the 1929 World’s Fair, was renovated by Italian architect Gae Aulenti.

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Palau Nacional Barcelona Spain

On the way to the Palau Nacional, you will see the Magic Fountain. From June to September, it is a magnificent show of light, water and music.

The Museo d’Artes de Catalunya, with its remarkable collections spanning all periods of Catalan art history , is one of those unmissable places in Barcelona.

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Palau Nacional Barcelona Spain

National Art Museum of Catalonia

In the design of the Palau Nacional’s Gothic art section (14th and 15th centuries), the emphasis is more on systematics than on chronology. The content of their collections is not limited to the territory of Catalonia, but also includes works created in other regions of Spain. The exhibition features wood and stone sculptures as well as altar decorations, including a huge 14th century altar dedicated to the Virgin Mary by members of the Serra artist family who worked in Barcelona between 1357 and 1405. (more…)