Brugge 1650

12:12 Mar 26 2015 Bruges, Belgium

Brugge 1650
This map of uncertain origin is probably a copy of 1574 map of Bruges by Braun and Hogenberg, nice, but even less accurate.

In the 9th century, as a defense against the attacking Normans, Baldouin II the Bald built a fortress on the only bridge surviving from Roman times, it was this that probably gave the site its name. In the 12th century Bruges rose to become a major center of European trade, after a flood left the city with direct access to the nearby North Sea.
Bruges received its charter in 1128.
As a center of Flemish cloth production, towards 1200 Bruges began holding trade fairs, at which wool imported from England was also sold. The first stock exchange was born at the inn run by the van der Buerse family of merchants, who subsequently gave their name to the concept of the "bourse" itself. In the 15th century Bruges saw a flowering of the arts: major artists such as the Van Eyck brothers, Hans Memling and Gerard David lived and worked here."
Additional Data
year: 1650
accuracy (m): 125
map size (Mb): 200
artist: anonymous
publisher: unknown
image source: Wikimedia, Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België
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