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The Markt, Bruges

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With landmark buildings and statues of important figures, The Markt sits at the heart of Bruges' historical center. Covering only about 1 hectare (2.5 acres), the main square features the Neo-Gothic provincial court, and the belfry tower, one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. Because the square is mostly closed to cars, city celebrations often take place here. In the center of the square, you'll see the statues of Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck, local heroes who are honored for their role in the Flemish resistance against the French king in 1302. Admire the tall bell tower and the Flemish architecture. You'll find plenty of restaurants surrounding the square, but for quality food at lower prices, choose some place just a short walk from the square. To visit The Markt and other attractions in Bruges, use our Bruges itinerary planner.
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  • We were not went to bruges for years and frankly it's worth more the Sun was part of. A great day again
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  • We love coming to the Markt, Bruges. Absolutely chocolate box pretty with medieval buildings and cobbled streets. (be mindful of the traffic!) It's even prettier in December when the Christmas market ...  more »
  • Together with the Burg Square, this forms the centre of the city. Each building is beautiful and it is well worth a visit.