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Burg Square I

Burg Square I
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Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24277 W: 523 N: 40588] (174734)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-06-10
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III, Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, Sandisk CFIII 16GB, B+W 82 010 UV - Haze 1x MRC
Exposure: f/0.6, 30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-06-18 9:10
Viewed: 699
Points: 66
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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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Dobro vece, gospodine.
Lep pogled i trenutak, interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Dobar rad, lepo pokazan trg i arhitektura, dobar kontrast i pespektiva, lepe boje, lepo uhvacen trenutak sa posetiocima i belim oblacima koji solaze.
Lepa arhitektura i detalji na fasadi.
Lep[ trg za setnju i druzenje.
Dobar tekst o tehnici i elementima snimka.
Prijatno vece i mirna nocm sve najbolje.

Namaste John,

Very well chosen position where you captured this beautiful architecture under the blue sky, a classical facade, people are enjoying at the square, good sharpness and color, unique presentation.

warm regards,


Hello John, very good photograph of this interesting public space with scene of daily life and interesting buildings of background, very well captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, depth, light, color and quality. Very good and interesting work perfectly done, my congratulations, my friend. Thank you for sharing this beautiful work.

Good night and happy start to the week.
Affectionate greetings from the south of Spain.

Bonsoir, cher ami John,
C'est un véritable trésor architectural qui semble inépuisable à l'instar du tonneau des Danaïdes. Chaque fois, le plaisir est renouvelé pour admirer ces places, ces édifices, ces monuments et le reste.
Une image composée avec bonheur.

Hello John,
This is a photo very much of your style. It's a beautiful square, the weather is perfect and some people provide life to the view. The clarity and sharpness are admirable.
Kind regards,

Hi dear John

I like so much your color touch above all. Outstnding sharp and clear presentation ine the best framework and comosition as usual.

All the best and have a good day! Takero

Hi John,

The wideness of the square is giving depth to the scene. The point of view is showing the details of the buildings. The good luminosity is bringing out the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.


Hello John,
I like the cobblestone pavement of the square. The two buildings we see around it are charming. The people add color and animation.

Hi John,
Splendid photo well made, good angle to take this square, beautiful architecture, good management for the light capture with these facades and shadows.

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9989 W: 144 N: 25031] (122263)
  • [2017-06-18 23:47]

Hello John, beautiful square and this part of Bruges is less shown although is very attractive. beautiful facades of the old houses and the tower behind them. The palace on the right is also beautiful and interesting. Nice atmosphere in the sunny day.
Have a nice day


Good morning John,
A perfect postcard from this beautiful square. I like the architecture of the surrounding buildings and the peaceful atmosphere. Well seen.


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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 157 N: 15246] (122929)
  • [2017-06-19 1:19]

Witaj John!
Beautiful aquare, interesting architecture.
Tower makes impression.
Good frame, colors and sharpness.
Well done.
Nice day.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13679 W: 0 N: 16021] (168114)
  • [2017-06-19 1:20]


Mervielleuse vue de cette place quelle compo et vue quelle iamge et cpatage tous ce monde le rendu sur la pavage quelle compo et quelle architecture en fond quel édifices ce tours clochers tout en finesse superbe.
Bravo et amitié

Hello John,

You had a beautiful day for this photograph, the sky is blue, the colours are bright and there is lots of activity in the square, to animate this lovely setting.
The buildings have their own elegant beauty, each in a different style and make an attractive backdrop for the alfresco cafes and the strolling figures.
As always, a well chosen aspect ofor your composition.

Have a lovely day,
Bev :-)

Hello John,
You have managed to include a wonderful array of architecture in this wide angle view. The many people wandering around and taking pictures helps create an agreeable animated mood. The beautiful architectural detail is very well depicted under a pleasant ambient light.

Hello John,

very fine picture from Bruges and this main place which I remember very well from my last visit. The location was well animated by much people, visitors, tourists ... TFS this wonderful view.

With regards from Luxembourg


Hello John, thanks for reminding me achieving my first 1500 posts... every picture is counted as important.
Beautiful shine upon the Belfry and the big square in Bruges. As every city has its main square, a Plaza-Mayor in Spain and Piazza di-Duomo in italia, a large gathering place from old times and the tradition is going on.
Fine detailed photo, exquisite architecture, my cong.'s.

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10438 W: 174 N: 17656] (78427)
  • [2017-06-19 7:00]


amazing the beauty of these façades in different styles and so well positioned in a corner. very beautiful compo. TFS the beauty of the place.



Hallo John,
Het belfort samen in beeld met de mooie gebouwen van de Burg.
Om één of andere reden een minder veel voorkomende foto hier op TE.
Een prachtige architectuurfoto met enkele gezellige terrasjes en veel bezoekers zonder een overrompeling te zijn.
Zowel de gebouwen in de schaduw als de andere in volle zonlicht worden prachtig en gedetailleerd getoond.
Uitstekende scherpte en compositie.
Vele groeten, Paul

Ciao John, great view of beautiful square, superb sky, wonderful colors,excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi John,

Marvelous view of Burg square with lots of activities around, had it not without the people, it would be dull

You distribute the land, the beautiful architecture and sky in perfect portion

Impressive sharpess and POV

Great job

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3853 W: 2 N: 6383] (32138)
  • [2017-06-19 14:33]

Hello John,
An excllent view of Burg square with beautiful old architecture.
Perfect exposure and good color saturation.Interesting notes.
Nice presentation.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11636 W: 126 N: 20917] (108071)
  • [2017-06-20 1:54]

Salut John,une capture magnifique de cette place depuis Bruges. Les architechtures sont magnifiques et souviennent beaucoup la Grande Place bruxelloise,il y a pas le marche' aux fleurs mais c'est le proprietaire du cafe' qui a pense' en mettre beaucoup.ehehe..belle journee' et merci,Luciano

Dag John
Deze foto laat heel goed zien van wat voor een ongekende schoonheid deze Vlaamse en Hollandse pleinen zijn zoals ze honderden jaren geleden zijn ontstaan veelal in de glorietijd van de gouden eeuw. Terecht dat er zo veel toeristen op af komen.
Prachtig werk, Groet uit een broeierig Haarlem

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14151 W: 1033 N: 28239] (134648)
  • [2017-06-20 6:46]

Hello John,

Good sharpness and shadow detail with a well managed backlight. The people provide scale and animate the scen. Excellent colour and saturation. I like the stepped roofs. Tfs!

Hi John
A lively historic square overwhelmed by the beautiful architecture and lovely sense of depth, great lighting and crisp detail throughout adding much to the overall impression of the place. Throng of people are vital adding lmuch to the scene. Excellent shot, Congrats
Best wishes

Hello John,

good image of this beautiful square, the buildings are very nice, you captured an interesting moment with all the people around the place, well done,

Best regards,


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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15344 W: 159 N: 26871] (140816)
  • [2017-06-20 9:17]

Hi John
Bel angle de prise, la lumière est belle elle permet d'apprécier les beaux bâtiments dans sa juste valeur , superbe ciel, belle présentation
Agréable soirée

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  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2683 W: 0 N: 2993] (20528)
  • [2017-06-22 16:30]

Dag John I am always astonished by the good 'state of conservation' seen on the historic buildings you use to take pictures of. In this large square the talent of yesteryears architects is a pleasure for the eyes, especially when I enlarge your picture at 300% on my screen; thanks to your full-frame sensor. Groeten

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  • Buin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4253 W: 48 N: 10771] (42578)
  • [2017-06-24 5:19]

John, this is another most worth seeing photo of this remarkale city. All the visible architectural details are a real feast for the eyes. I like how the belfry towers all this architectural splendour in a wonderful way.
Greetings from warm and sticky Westphalia!

Hi John.
After an idle time on the page, I am with you again, first I was on a trip to the Canaries, then there were some family problems, which took time to solve, then another trip through the Baltic capitals. Now it seems that everything is back to normal and again I am here, to enjoy with your photos and that you like me.

Wonderful images in your gallery, these last weeks, the view of the square is great, with the tower rising behind like a beacon.
Good perspective of the image, very pleasing to the eye.
Colorful, sharp and bright are captured excellently.
Have a good weekend.
Warm greetings.

mooi hoekje,
fraaie compositie, mooie balans,hele strakke plaat,
waar veel te zien is.
gr. jaap

Ciao John
un'altra vista meravigliosa di questa città, le architetture e la pavimentazione sono inconfondibili, una gioia per gli occhi.

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