As the political and economic center of the County of Flanders and thanks to several favorable factors, Bruges grew into one of the most important merchant cities of Europe. In the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries, it was the place-to-be not only for the most powerful merchants of that time but also for many artists, political leaders, and other historical figures that still play to our imagination today. Celebrated for its photogenic canals, alluring skylines, and charming cobblestone lanes, Bruges offers the visitor a splendid snapshot into its historic past. In this seminar, we'll explore Bruges' golden age through its medieval world heritage. Learn how this charming town once was one of Europe's most important cities where the top merchants, artists, and other historical figures met
Today, we are lucky that many reminders of Bruges' golden age have not only survived but are beautifully conserved as UNESCO World Heritage. This conversation will take in some of these sites as we retrace Bruges' heydays by having a closer look at some of this important (and accessible) heritage. We'll view up close locations such as the Church of Our Lady, Van Eyck Square, The Begijnhof, Grote Markt, and Basilica of the Holy Blood in order to deepen our knowledge of the beauty on offer in Bruges.
Led by an expert on Belgian history, Natalie Lefevre, this interactive seminar will discuss Bruges in the Middle Ages through its UNESCO World Heritage. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the medieval city of Bruges and its diverse residents.
About Your Expert
Belgian native Natalie Lefebre has a PhD in International Studies with a focus on social-political and conflict studies (UK) but her first university degree was a Master in Cultural Studies from Ghent University. Natalie decided to combine her educational background with her interest and passion for sustainable and educational tourism and founded a small-scale tour operator in Peru while she was living there. After returning to Belgium, she started guiding visitors in Bruges, Ghent, and other Belgian cities.
This conversation is suitable for all ages.
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.
I just got back from seeing Bruges for the 2nd time. I need to go back. How could I have missed so much?
Natalie gave us a really good historical view of Bruge. what a wonderful Medieval town that has managed to bypass the ravages of time and recent world wars.
Very informative, never knew about the interesting history of this city.
This was a very thorough and entertaining presentation. The slides were neat, with lots of art and architecture. I could not take my eyes off the screen.
I have now listened to 3 different presentations on towns in Belgium. Natalie is the BEST! She is well prepared and makes all the information enjoyable to listen to, We want her to be our guide next year when we are in Brussels and environs.