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Brugge: the Sunset by Nightcitylights Brugge: the Sunset by Nightcitylights
Belgium, Brugge (Bruges), August 19, 2012

Brugge is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium.
Very few traces of human activity in Brugge date from the Pre-Roman Gaul era. The first fortifications were built after Julius Caesar's conquest of the Menapii in the first century BC, to protect the coastal area against pirates. Brugge received its city charter on July 27, 1128 and new walls and canals were built. In the 15th century, Philip the Good, duke of Burgundy, set up court in Brugge, as well as Brussels and Lille, attracting a number of artists, bankers, and other prominent personalities from all over Europe.
Starting around 1500, the Zwin channel, which had given the city its prosperity, started silting. The city soon fell behind Antwerp as the economic flagship of the Low Countries. During the 17th century, the lace industry took off, and various efforts to bring back the glorious past were made. During the 1650s, the city was the base for Charles II of England and his court in exile. The maritime infrastructure was modernized, and new connections with the sea were built, but without much success. Brugge became impoverished and gradually disappeared from the picture, with its population dwindling from 200,000 to 50,000 by the end of the 1800s.
In the last half of the 19th century, Brugge became one of the world's first tourist destinations attracting wealthy British and French tourists. Only in the second half of the 20th century has the city started to reclaim some of its past glory. International tourism has boomed, and new efforts have resulted in Brugge being designated 'European Capital of Culture' in 2002.

The photo shows probably the most popular place for taking pictures in Brugge :)

On a trip with :iconrandomsearcher: :love:

Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105L, ISO 200, F/11, panorama of 5 sets of 1/15, 1/10 and 1/4 sec.

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mahataab Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The best sky. And the reflections on the water... :heart:
UNexperienced Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
very interesting conditions for any landscape photographer:)
Dark-Lady-Sizuka Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot :)
eligit Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
very dramatic capture! well done.
Ingkells Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
such a beautiful place, a good place to be calm and happy. Very nice work!
vowdy Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Nice representation of my hometown! :D
I passed by this place everyday when I still went to school. you always see a bunch of people at this place taking pictures.
There's also a painter on that exact corner who draws this sight. But I figure he can probably do it with his eyes closed by now :p
DodoDancer Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
so beautiful!! love the colors :)
sunny2011bj Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
very beautiful
sunny2011bj Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Your photo are amazing !!
Freya7 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful shot :heart:
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