Burg Square

Burg Square (De Burg) is a historical square of Bruges one street away from Grote Markt. This place has been important for the city for many years. Today, Bruges’ government works from the old Gothic City Hall. The square has beautiful buildings such as the Basilica of the Holy Blood, the Liberty of Bruges, and the Deanery, which show different styles of architecture.

Burg Square used to be a fortress and was once surrounded by walls and gates. The old fortress was where a Roman road and the Reie canal met. Count Arnulf I of Flanders (North Belgium) made the fortress bigger to make it a strong center for the city.

Today, you can see old buildings around the square, like the former Manor of the Franc of Bruges, the former Civil Registry, the City Hall, the Basilica of the Holy Blood, Saint Basil Chapel, and the former Provostry of Saint Donatian. The remains of Saint Donatian’s Cathedral, which was destroyed in 1799, can be found in the basement of the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Getting There

Brug Square is located in the city center of Bruges, next to the Grote Markt.


Burg 15, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
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