Palace of the Liberty of Bruges

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Palace of the Liberty of Bruges

March 19, 2016 - 12:20
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Just in the corner of the Burg square, you will find the archives and this renaissance chamber with stunning wood carvings. The entrance is included in that of the City hall. You will perhaps only stay here a short while, but it is absolutely a must!

Palace of the Liberty of Bruges

The palace of the Liberty of Bruges is a gold trimmed building on the burg square and dates from 1722 to 1727, when it replaced a 16th-century building as the seat of the Liberty of Bruges. The palace later became a courthouse and now houses the city council's administration.

The room of interest is the original courtroom located in the rear of the building. The fireplace mantel is stunning, a gigantic carved-wood masterpiece.

The alderman’s hall reflects royal power and justice. The Liberty's council chamber, which has been restored to its original 16th-century condition. The hall has a superb black marble fireplace decorated with an alabaster frieze and topped by an oak chimneypiece carved with statues of Emperor Charles V and his grandparents: Emperor Maximilian of Austria, Duchess Mary of Burgundy, King Ferdinand II of Aragon, and Queen Isabella I of Castile. Dating from 1528 and designed by Lanceloot Blondeel, the fireplace of oak, marble, and alabaster is one of the most important works of Renaissance art in Bruges.

This, and every building around it in Bruges is simply stunning. A wonderful place!

Locaction: Brugse Vrije, Burg 11 a, 8000 Brugge
Time information:
1 January 2016 - 31 December 2016
Every day :09:30 am - 12:30 pm / 13:30 pm - 17:00 pm