Bruges - Bruges, Belgium

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Bruges - Bruges, Belgium

Bruges - Wikipedia

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Bruges is the capital of West Flanders, the Flemish Region in Belgium. It is located in the northwest corner of the country. It is also the sixth-largest country in terms of population.

The total area of the city is more than 13,840 hectares (138.4km2; 53.44 square miles); 1,075 hectares are located off the coast at Zeebrugge. The historical city centre is a World Heritage Site of UNESCO. It measures approximately 430 hectares and is oval in form. The total population of the city is 117 073 (1 January 2008). [4] Around 20,000 people live in the city center. The total population of the metropolitan area includes the outer commuter zone and covers 616 km2 (238 sq miles). [5]

It is often called the Venice of the North, along with other northern cities that are canal-based like Amsterdam and St Petersburg. Bruges is a major economic center due to its port and was once one the most important commercial cities in the world. [6][7] Bruges, a popular tourist destination in Belgium, is also home to the College of Europe, a university-based institute for European Studies. [8]

In AD 840-875, the place is first recorded as Brvggas, Brvggas or Brvccia. It is later listed as Bruciam, Bruociam (892); Brutgis uico (1012); Bricge (c.1010); as Brugensis (1046); and Brycge (c.1049-1052); Brugias (1072); Brugias (1072); Brugias (1089); and Brugge (1116). [9]