Historical and Commemorative Medals
Collection of Benjamin Weiss

 ST. SAUVEUR AT BRUGES

WIENER, Jacques and Leopold: Belgium, 1846, Bronze, 50 mm
Obv: View of exterior    FONDEE PAR ST ELOI EVEQUE DE NOYON 652 INCENDIEE AU DOUZIEME SIECLE REBATIE ET CONSACREE 1127, UNE SECONDE FOIS INCENDIEE 1358, LA TOUR RECONSTRUITE 1846 RENFERME LAS RESTES DE CHARLES DE BON
Exergue: EGLISE ST SAUVEUR A BRUGES
Rev: View of interior
Signed: J. ET L. WIENER F. 1846
Ref: Van Hoydonck 20;  Reinecke 3; Weiss BW239

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.

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