In Bruges: UNESCO World Heritage and the Middle Ages with Dr. Natalie Lefevre - Context Travel

In Bruges: UNESCO World Heritage and the Middle Ages with Dr. Natalie Lefevre


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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.

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.

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Susan (Pacific Palisades, US)
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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.

J
Jane Schulman (Longmeadow, US)

Wonderful class. . Bruges is a beautiful city, and Dr. Lefevre
is knowledgeable and stimulating. Learn the history of an almost completely intact city of the middle ages. The architecture
is stunning in detail. A fairy tale village. I was there 2o years
ago, and i was there again today.

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Mary Watson (Pincher Creek, CA)
Very Interesting

This was a well-presented, clear, thoughtful outline of Bruge's fascinating history with good illustrations and maps throughout. Really enjoyed this. Thank you.

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Anonymous (San Jose, US)

What a wonderful tour of one of my favorite cities in the world, Bruges.
I've been there a number of times over 70 years and Dr. Lefevre filled in for me a lot of history I had not known.
And she brought me up to date as it has been 5 years or so since my last visit.

Customer Reviews

Based on 40 reviews
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(30)
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Susan (Pacific Palisades, US)
Review of Natalie Lefevre

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.

J
Jane Schulman (Longmeadow, US)

Wonderful class. . Bruges is a beautiful city, and Dr. Lefevre
is knowledgeable and stimulating. Learn the history of an almost completely intact city of the middle ages. The architecture
is stunning in detail. A fairy tale village. I was there 2o years
ago, and i was there again today.

M
Mary Watson (Pincher Creek, CA)
Very Interesting

This was a well-presented, clear, thoughtful outline of Bruge's fascinating history with good illustrations and maps throughout. Really enjoyed this. Thank you.

A
Anonymous (Orinda, US)

Guest did not leave comment

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Anonymous (San Jose, US)

What a wonderful tour of one of my favorite cities in the world, Bruges.
I've been there a number of times over 70 years and Dr. Lefevre filled in for me a lot of history I had not known.
And she brought me up to date as it has been 5 years or so since my last visit.