Thursday, April 8, 2010

Brugge



The street around the market square is always busy. Heck it's hard to find a place that isn't terribly busy here. This is one of the most visited places in Belgium.
Matt took the photo (above) while he was on a boat tour. At a closer look, I noticed the people standing on the terrace of the canal corner building. They are all wearing black. I had to wonder if they hadn't just come from a funeral or something. That tree and black umbrellas seem to loom over them in a peculiar way.
In the Church of Our Lady is this special Pieta by Michelangelo. The statue of the Virgin and Child is one of the few outside of Italy. It is an early work of Michelangelo, who sold it to a rich Brugge merchant when the original client failed to pay. It is the only Michelangelo sculpture to leave Italy during his lifetime. The statue has been taken from Brugge several times, but has always seemed to make its way back to the city.
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