Bruges (Brugge in Dutch) is a most beautiful and historically fascinating city in the north of Belgium. Situated in West Flanders, the Dutch speaking northwestern region of the country, it was a great place for me to unwind towards the end of a fairly gruelling 6 week trip. Actually, together with St. Petersburg and Salzburg it was one of the destinations I'd most looked forward to visiting. And, just like those other 2 famous cities, I was most impressed with my visit to Brugge. While quite a large city, only around 20,000 people live within the historic city centre.
Together with St. Petersburg, Bruges is often referred to as the Venice of the North. The old city of Brugge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was designated as the European Capital of Culture in 2002. It's a credit to civic leaders and the general population that the authenticity and purity of this now unique city has been retained. And, while there is local traffic trough parts of the city, its possible to wander many of its narrow cobbled streets in relative calm. Though the major museums and churches are well worth visiting, you really don't have to walk far to get away from the otherwise hectic and crowded tourist trail.
The above image was made in one of the cities numerous churches. Pipe organs produce a sound that is ideally suited to the cavernous interior of large church buildings. And this structure only accentuated the grandeur of the environment in which it was housed. Compositionally the image is divided between warm and cool colors; textured and smooth surfaces; and luminous highlights shaped by deep shadows. The cylindrical shapes in the pipes themselves are visually supported by the shapes of the columns and beams that surround them.
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