Hafiz & Elmy Nahida

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Sand Sculpture 2006 - Brugge, Belgium.

Sand Sculpture Festival BRUGES 2006 acquaints the visitor with the magic of the temporary. Let the oldest inhabitant of the city, the Bruges Bear, guide through over a thousand years of history. Witness a technical masterpiece, constructed with the skilful hands of a team of artists from the United States, Russia, China, Great Britain, Spain, Italy, France and the Netherlands.

Bruges, a story of more than a thousand years” features the most important episodes in the history of Bruges. Let the oldest inhabitant of the city, the Bruges Bear, guide you through over a thousand years of architecture. Stroll along the “Ezelpoort” (the Donkey Gate), the “Smedenpoort” (the Blacksmith Gate), the Kruispoort” (the Cross Gate), and the “Gentpoort” (Ghent Gate), the centuries-old entrances to the walled city. Admire the “Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk” (Church of Our Lady) and the “Sint-Salvatorskathedraal” (St. Saviour’s Cathedral). Enjoy the historic palace of the Lords of Gruuthuse.

Experience the myths of Bruges’ haunted house and the ghostly pastor of Madeleine, from the Male dragon to the secret halls leading to the Chapel of the Holy Blood. Investigate the legendary Bruges lace and the Bruges swans. Discover the mystique behind the skull of the “Smedenpoort” (Blacksmith Gate) and learn how the lions of Bruges came to be here. Meet the brilliant masters from the Bruges painting school (the Flemish masters), Jan van Eyck and Hans Memling. Introduce yourself to the master poet Guido Gezelle and the master scholar Simon Stevin. Go in search of knights’ coats of arms and compose your own genealogy of the sovereigns. Discover the patron saints of the Church and the names of the merchants’ guilds.

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