International Studies Abroad ®est. 1987

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Bruges

Location: Belgium

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The historic center of Bruges has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. Students will discover the city during a guided walking tour highlighting such sights as the Beguinage, medieval almshouses and hospitals, and the Basilica of the Holy Blood. Students will gain familiarity with pertinent facts about the history of the city and the enduring legacy of its former rulers, the Dukes of Burgundy. The Bruges belfry is possibly the most famous landmark in the city. The most important of Bruges' towers, it stands 83 meters tall. It houses a treasure-chamber, an impressive clock mechanism and a carillon with 47 silver-toned bells. Students can climb up the tower's 366 stairs to take in a breathtaking and unforgettable panoramic view of Bruges.

Bruges has been called the "Venice of the North" because of its canals. Students take a guided boat
tour through Bruges, highlighting the main sights in the city. The final landmark students should be sure not to miss is the Basilica of the Holy Blood. According to Catholic tradition, Christ's holy blood was brought here in 1150 by
returning Crusaders from the Second Crusades.

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