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The Burg square, the heart of Bruges
The Burg square is one of the earliest inhabited places of the city. People settled
here as early as in the second and third centuries of our era. In the ninth century,
the count of Flanders chose the Burg square as his base of operation. At that time, a
fortification 􀀉 had been built here in defense against violent viking attacks.
In the tenth century, Saint-Donatian’s church was built. The clergymen affiliated with
this church were headed by a provost. They were also amongst the most important
officials in the count’s entourage. At the beginning of the twelfth century, the provost
had become so powerful that Count Charles the Good 􀀊 decided to discharge
him. But before he had had a chance to do so, the count was brutally murdered in
the church in 1127. The whole of Europe was shocked by the event.
After numerous structural alterations, the church was finally given its gothic appearance
􀀋. Unfortunately, like many others, the church was destroyed during the
French occupation. In 2002, when Bruges was Cultural Capital of Europe, a contemporary
pavilion by the Japanese architect Toyo Ito 􀀌 was built in the very same
place. The shape of the water encircling the pavilion refers to the architecture of the
former church, a centralized structure 􀀍.
The Town Hall 􀀎 dates from the fourteenth century. Before that period, the City
Council of Bruges met in the Market Square. After a fire, they decided to move their
headquarters to the Burg Square. Until the French occupation, the Council also had
judicial authority.

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