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Gorgeous Bruges with colorful reflections in canal
Bruges is a city in the province of West Flanders in northwestern Belgium, sometimes nicknamed the "Venice of the North."

It was founded as a Roman outpost in the 1st Century BC, to protect the coastal area from pirate attacks. The city recieved its official charter in 1128. 

Today, Bruges is recognized as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It is known for its canals, architecture, wealth, economy, history, downtown area, quaint shops, culture, and port.


People Born in Bruges

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Bruges in People's Lives

James II of England: After years of living in France and serving in their army, my brother Charles II allied himself with Spain, the French people's main enemy. Due to this, I was forced to leave their army, and traveled here, penniless, with my younger brother Henry in 1657. I joined a division of the Spanish army here, though I knew that this meant siding against my former French comrades. Also while here, I began to shift my religion to Irish Catholicism, causing yet another strain between Charles and I, as he was Anglican. In 1659, France and Spain made peace, much to my relief. My brother spoke grandly of returning to England and siezing the throne that was rightfully his, but I was skeptical, as his last attempt at this had failed and landed us both in exile. I was offered the post of admiral in the Spanish Navy, which I seriously considered, but in the end turned down. This was fortunate, as shortly afterward Charles and I traveled to England to be welcomed back into British royalty.

Ralph Fiennes: I traveled here in 2007 to film the movie In Bruges with Colin Farrell.

Thomas More: I accompanied Thomas Wolsey on a diplomatic mission here in 1521.


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