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Belfort van Brugge
Belfry Tower


Structure in General

building with towers
existing [completed]
applied masonry


  • The first belfry was a stone tower with a wooden spire.
  • The halls surrounding the tower were expanded during the 15th century.
  • In 1493, the wooden spire was destroyed by lightning. The spire was again rebuilt.
  • In 1822, the tower received a gothic looking crown on top instead of a spire.
  • 366 steps lead to the observation floor.
  • The current octagonal tower with a wooden spire was constructed from 1483 to 1487.
  • The spire was again destroyed by fire in 1741. Repairs were finished in 1753.
  • Viewed from the front of the building, the tower is leaning 1m to the left.
  • The belfry stands on a site once occupied by several Halls.
  • The halls surrounding the tower had a commercial function, while the second floor served as a treasure room and archive.
  • Repairs to the building's damage were completed in 1296.
  • In 1280 the upper part of the building was destroyed by fire. All the archives stored in the building were lost.
  • In 1675 the carillon had 35 bells and was designed by Melchior de Haze from Antwerp. After the fire of 1741, a new carillon with 47 bells weighing 26 tons and built by Joris Dumery was installed which is still in use today.

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Markt 7
Flemish Region

Technical Data

288.71 ft
288.71 ft

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • City landmark
  • UNESCO landmark
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