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The Flemish primitives

The economic affluence of the 15th century brought rich merchants to Bruges. They moved into majestic city palaces, packed with works of art. In the wake of the Burgundian dynasty, the great Flemish primitives, including Jan van Eyck and Hans Memling found their creative niches in Bruges. The fine arts reigned supremely and Bruges quickly became the meeting place and source of inspiration for many artists. The world famous masterpieces and other top collections can be seen today in one of the 26 Bruges Museums.

  • Historium Bruges
    today: 10:00 - 18:00

    Your first stop should be the wonderful attraction Historium Story, in which you follow the love story of Jan van Eyck’s pupil Jacob.

  • Sint-Salvatorskathedraal (Saint Saviour's Cathedral)
    today: 10:00 - 13:00 / 14:00 - 17:30
    Bruges’ oldest parish church (12th–15th century) has amongst its treasures a rood loft with an organ, medieval tombs, Brussels tapestries and a rich collection of Flemish paintings (14th-18th century).
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