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The Markt, Bruges

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Landmark Tourist Spot
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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  • The historic market place of Bruges is one of the best places to visit in Belgium. We have visited many times and never tire of the experience.  more »
  • The Markt is a great place to visit being encompassed by great architecture, quaint shops and great people watching. Temporary bleachers had been erected prior to our visit so the Markt had just hoste...  more »
  • Anything to do with Bruges is for me wonderful. If you haven't been here do visit. It is one of the most historic and enjoyable towns in Europe. The Markt Place is one of the main attractions. Surroun...  more »
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  • This place was great. We visited here during the christmas market decorations and it's beautiful. The atmosphere is great, the small houses selling food, drings and ornaments are cheap and great, the skate rink is great. Everything was good. One night there was mist on top and it was really fairy tale like. We could not even see the top of the belfry tower. It was indeed like in a fairy tale