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Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel is an island in the Lower Normandy region and is one of the most visited tourist destinations in France.

legoland

Legoland Billund

Legoland opend in 1968 in Billund, a town in Denmark that was the birthplace of Lego. It's the second largest tourist attraction in Denmark.

most visited and most famous castle in Europe

Neuschwanstein, A Fairytale Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most famous castles in the world and one of the most visited tourist attractions in Europe.

beautiful house in Barcelona created by Gaudi

Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló is one of Gaudí's masterpieces in Barcelona. It was built in 1877 and was completely refurbished between 1904 and 1906.

manarola

Manarola

Manarola is part of the Cinque Terre in the Italian region of Liguria. The Cinque Terre consists of five villages located on the cliffs at the Mediterranean coast.

Huidenvettersplein

statue and cafes on square


old houses on square


old houses and terrace on square


beautiful decoration on corner of house


artist with paintings for sale

Huidenvettersplein(Tanners Square) is a small square located between the Quai of the Rosary and Burg Square. The former guildhall(1630-1716) of the tanners or leather workers can still be found here today.

In the center of the square you can see a pedestal with two lions on it. They hold the coat of arms of the tanners.


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Rozenhoedkaai

view from quai on belfry and canal


view from quai on canal, boats and old houses


view from quai on boat and buildings

The Rozenhoedkaai (Quai of the Rosary) is one of the most photographed places in Bruges. It offers a picturesque view of the canal and the Belfry. The quai is also a place where many of the canal boats pick up their passengers.



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Old Civil Registry

building with statues and beautifully deorated

The Old Civil Registry, situated on Burg Square, was built between 1534 and 1537 in Renaissance style. The three statues on top of the building represent Justice, Moses and Aaron. Since 1883, the Old Civil Registry is used as Peace Court.



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Town Hall of Bruges

Town Hall Bruges with beautiful decoration


Town Hall Bruges with beautiful decoration

The Town Hall of Bruges is located on Burg Square between two historic buildings: the Basilica of the Holy Blood and the Old Civil Registry. Construction started in 1376 and was completed in 1421 under the supervision of Jan Roegiers.

The most famous room is the Gothic Room, here you can find murals and paintins which shows the rich history of the city. Most spectacular is the polychrome vaulted ceiling, dating from 1402.

The façade of the town hall is decorated with statues of historical figures. It also served as inspiration for the town halls in Leuven, Ghent and Brussels.



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Jan van Eyck Square

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beautiful houses on square


view on canal from Jan van Eyck Square


old houses on square


beautiful houses on square


beautiful houses on square


beautiful houses on square

This square in Bruges was named after famous 15th century Flemish painter Jan van Eyck. It's visited by many tourist for its beautiful views and the exceptional buildings surrounding the square. Most important building are the Poortersloge and the Old Toll House.



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Church of Our Lady in Bruges

second highest brick tower in the world


impressive facade of church


inside view of church


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beautiful decoration in church


inside view of church and stained glass


wooden statue in church


beautiful decoration in church

The impressive Church of Our lady in Bruges dates back to the second half of the 13th century. Reaching a height of 122 m, the church is the second highest in Belgium and has the second highest brick tower in the world.

The Church of Our Lady contains a rich collection of art works, of which the most important is Michelangelo’s “Madonna and Child”. This statue was made in 1504 in Carrara marble.

Other important art work include the painting "Crucifixion of Christ" by Anthony van Dyck and a rococo pulpit designed by Jan Antoon Garemijn.



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Basilica of the Holy Blood

front view of the Basilica of the Holy Blood


beautiful decoration on the facade of building


beautiful decoration on the facade of building


beautiful decoration on the facade of building

The Basilica of the Holy Blood was constructed in the 12th century and was promoted to the rank of Basilica in 1923. Since 1149, it houses a fragment of cloth stained with the blood of Christ, wiped from his body by Joseph of Arimathea after the crucifixion.

The building consists of a lower and a upper chapel. The lower chapel is dedicated to St. Basil the Great and dates from the first half of the 12th century. This Romanesque chapel houses a relic of the Greek theologian brought back from Caesarea during the Crusades.

The upper chapel was originally built in Romanesque style but was changed in Gothic style in the 15th century and the 19th century. It houses the actual relic with the blood of Christ which has been encased in a glass cylinder. Normally the relic is kept in the altar, but it is brought out regularly for visitors to kiss or touch it.


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Belfry of Bruges

view of belfry with canal


front view of belfry


looking up to top of tower


Beautiful decoration on facade

The historic centre of Bruges is dominated by the cloth hall and the 83 metres high Belfry tower. It was constructed around 1240 and housed a treasury and the municipal archives house. The tower was largely rebuilt after it was destroyed by fire in 1280. Its octagonal upper stage was added between 1482 and 1486.

The top of the tower offers breathtaking panoramic views which can be admired after climbing the 366 steps.



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Arcen Castle

view of castle with moat


view of castle with moat


view of castle with moat

Arcen Castle was built in the 17th century by the Dukes of Gelre. It was built in Baroque style and belonged to several noble families throughout its 400 year history. Today, the castle is owned by the Limburg Landscape Foundation and is open to exhibitions and events.

Arcen Castle is a very popular destination for its Castle Gardens, which are divided into five theme gardens.


Castle Gardens of Arcen

view of the rosarium and lake


rosarium with fountain in the middle


water garden with lake and wwater plants


view of garden with in background fountain


close up of ferns


monkey sitting on stick


wooden house on poles in garden


grey vulture on grass


owls sitting on grass


stork with in the background the japanese garden


wooden house in garden close to lake

The beautiful Castle Gardens of Arcen are located in the province of Limburg, in the Netherlands. The terrain consists of five different gardens: the Rosarium, the Water Garden, the Shadow Gardens, the World Gardens and the Casa Verde.

Besides the garden you can find here also extraordinary animals like: Flamingos, European storks, Squirrel monkeys, Beluga Sturgeons, European eagle owl and many more.


Château de Vêves

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towers and wall of castle


room inside castle


room inside castle


room inside castle


room inside castle


inside courtyard of castle

The picturesque Château de Vêves is located on a rocky outcrop overlooking the village of Celles. There has been a castle here since the time of Pepin de Herstal (670-714) but the present structure dates back to the 15th century. It has a pentagon shape surrounded by six towers of different sizes and a half-timbered gallery. Château de Vêves houses 18th century furniture and a rare porcelain collection.

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