Historical and Commemorative
Collection of Benjamin Weiss
ST. SAUVEUR AT BRUGES
WIENER, Jacques and Leopold: Belgium, 1846, Bronze, 50 mm
Bruges (Flemish Brugge, a name signifying the bridge or place of bridges) is situated on low-lying ground in the northeast of the Belgian province of West Flanders of which it is the capital. Bruges is said to have been a city in the 7th century, and the name Flanders was originally applied to it. Baldwin II, count of Flanders, fortified it and made it his chief residence. The cathedral of St. Sauveur, an example of Pointed Gothic, dates from the 13th and 14th centuries. The cathedral was partially destroyed by fire in 1839.