Brugge is an architectural gold mine.  Unspoiled for hundreds of years, the city’s churches and cathedrals date to the Middle Ages, most of the cityscape preserved in its medieval existence as the leading port city of Northwest Europe.

St. Savior’s Cathedral is the city’s oldest parish church, noted for its ancient paintings and retables.  The walk up the 366 steps of the winding staircase of The Historical Museum Belfry and Halles is a trip through time in itself, though the payoff is the best available view of the modern Brugge environs. 

The Basilica of the Holy Blood is a roman style double chapel with a twist—the first floor had been re-fashioned neo-gothic in the 1800’s to give the Basilica a hybrid feel.  City Hall, one of the oldest in region, also has a Gothic first floor, along with a Historic Room of Brugge’s past in documents, art, and artifacts.

Designed towards the close of the Middle Ages, The Historical Museum Church of Our Lady is not only known for its quality assortment of art, the showpiece being a white marble Michelangelo Madonna with Child, but also for its twelve story spire that looms over the city. 

The Episcopal Palace of the 1500’s gives a glimpse into the structural designs and tastes of nobles at the cusp of the Renaissance.