My favourite place: Bruges, Belgium

The latest in our historical holiday series sees Nicola Tallis explore the cobbled streets of a Unesco World Heritage city

Medieval buildings lining the Dijver canal in the centre of the Belgian city of Bruges. (Getty Images)

This article was first published in the June 2018 edition of BBC History Magazine

Picture the scene: you’re at the top of an 83-metre-high medieval building, looking out across a bustling market square that has been used as such since AD 958. This square, the Markt, was once the commercial centre of the medieval city of Bruges, Belgium, and the building from which you are admiring it is the 13th-century Belfry of Bruges, once the home of the treasury and the municipal archives.

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