North East Bruges
Our next walk took us away from the centre to the quieter north-east. There were a couple of museums en route which we knew would be closed, because it was a Monday, but the numerous churches made up for it – even though some of them were closed for renovation, there was still plenty to see. We started at Rozenhoedkaai (Rosary Quay) where there were good views of the Belfry and OLV which we had visited the day before. Continuing along the canal, we were charmed by the dog looking out of the window. When we watched the film In Bruges a few weeks later we were amazed to see the same dog. I’ve since seen him or her on other blogs – just Google “Bruges dog” and loads of images come up! (I’ve since discovered his name is Fidel.) More or less opposite was another lovely row of almshouses, Godshuis de Pelikaan.
Our next stop was Jeruzalemkerk, so-called because it was founded around 1427 by the Adornes brothers, descendants of a 13th century Genoese merchant who had settled in Bruges after taking part in the Crusades. It has three chapels, two downstairs and one upstairs, and also appeared in In Bruges – however, it was masquerading as the Holy Blood Basilica. The black marble tomb is for Anselm Adornes and his wife, Margarethe. King James III of Scotland asked Anselm to look after the interests of Scottish wool traders in Flanders. However, on a visit to Scotland in 1483 he was murdered and buried in Linlithgow Palace. Only his heart was returned to Bruges. Oops. We didn’t linger.
A short walk took us to Kruispoort, one of the ancient gateways of Bruges, and several windmills, some of which are operational in the summer. It was also getting towards lunchtime and we enjoyed sitting outside at De Windmolen. Wow, we were lucky with the weather! This was still March.
The last part of our walk took us past the English Convent and back towards the centre, via two churches: Sint Gilliskerk and Sint Walburgakerk. I wasn’t too keen on the meaty artwork on display in the former.
What else does Bruges have in store? Quite a lot, as you’ll see!