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KORTRIJK

The busy town centre of Kortrijk, with the Grote Markt at its heart, is a collection of splendid buildings, the most notable of which are the late gothic Town Hall, the Belfry with its famous chimes Manten and Kalle, and the serene Begijnhof (Beguine Convent) with its 40 well-preserved baroque houses.

The Beguine Convent
Author: H. Maertens Copyright Toerisme Vlaanderen

The municipal museums extensively cover Kortrijk's rich commercial past as a major textile centre. Do not fail to visit the Nationaal Vlasmuseum (National Flax Museum), set in the magnificently restored Beeuwsaerthoeve. Find out all you ever wanted to know about flax growing and processing, and the unique role played by river Leie, the "Golden River".

As part of its historic heritage, Kortrijk still keenly commemorates the Battle of the Spurs, when the Flemish towns defeated the French army at Groeningekouter. The feat took place on July 11, 1302. This date (11 July) now marks the Flemish Community Day.






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Festivals & Events


Jan Van Eyck and the Mediterranean World
24 March - June

The first exhibition dedicated to early Netherlandisch painting and its influence on the Southern European art scene of its days looks at works commissioned from Jan Van Eyck and other Flemish Primitives working abroad. Major works from all over Europe will be brought together in one of the finest museums in Bruges.


Brussel jubel park
Author: d. de Kievith
Toerisme Vlaanderen

The Brueghel Enterprise
22. March - 23. June 2002

The exhibition will bring together about forty paintings by this artist who is well-known for having made an abundant number of copies after the works by his father Pieter Bruegel the Elder. The exhibition aims to juxtapose different versions of the same composition and to study and analyse them with state-of-the-art laboratory techniques. It will be the first time ever that such an important number of versions is gathered. The exhibition is designed around four themes, each of them centred on a reference work: Census in Bethlehem, Winter Landscape with Bird Trap, The Adoration of the Magi in the Snow and The Farmer’s Advocate.


Brugge lace-maker
Author: d. de Kievith
Toerisme Vlaanderen

Adriaan Brouwer Beer Festival

Yearly festival on the market square of the beautiful town of Oudenaarde.
Tel: (32-55) 31-7251


Brussel Grand Place
Author: d. de Kievith
Toerisme Vlaanderen

Jazz Brugge 2002
August - 15-18

De Werf's European Jazz Festival is to be held alternating with the Middelheim festival, i.e. every second year. Its venue will be the newly built, for the Brugge 2002 festivities, concert centre, a modern building with the largest stage in Belgium and capacity of 1400 seats. Its emphasis will be on European jazz and artists. There will be 3 to 4 groups per day, concerts starting around 15h and ending at 23h.


Brugge scenic view
Author: d. de. Kievith
Toerisme Vlaanderen

Diamon Museum - Antwerp

Where the entire process of diamond mining and processing can be viewed.. Antwerp is the very centre of the world's diamond industry. More than 70% of the world's diamonds are cut, polished and traded here.


Brussel procession
Author: A. Koprianov
Toerisme Vlaanderen

The Royal Greenhouses
April 19 - May 5

The Royal Greenhouses in Laeken cover six acres of neo-classical rotundas, domes and galleries. Twenty full time gardeners tend the giant ferns, fruit-bearing banana trees, grottoes, glades and grassy vistas. Highlights include the Azalea House, the rotunda, a colony of birds and the orange trees. Walkways are filled with climbing geraniums and fuschias, whose blossoms form an overhead canopy. The visit ends with a short walk through the Royal Park.


Brussel Grand'Place flowers
Author: J. J. Soenen
Toerisme Vlaanderen

The Abbey of Villers-la-Ville
The Cistercian Abbey dates back to the 12th century. In the 19th century, a large number of artists, painters and writers, such as Victor Hugo, were attracted by the beauty of the majestic ruins, which are still sometimes used as a dramatic setting for French drama and classical concerts.


Oostende Mercator
Author: d. de Kievith
Toerisme Vlaanderen




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