Sightseeing in Ghent and Brugge

Trip Start Mar 10, 2014
Trip End Mar 21, 2014

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Flag of Belgium  , East Flanders,
Friday, March 14, 2014

Day trip from Brussels. I've added some hyperlinks to help with information. My wifi time is limited...
We rode north toward the sea.
First we went to Ghent and saw castles and an amazing Van Eyck painting Lamb of God in an old church. Here is info on the painting and info on the painter.
Then we went to Bruges, a quaint Medieval town with a Michelangelo statue and some of Jesus's blood in a church

 One of my student groups actually told me to visit this during their European Vacation project!

 We had a nice day to explore and take a break from meetings. We saw many canals like Venice and cobblestone roads. There was an abbey and many churches and museums. Europe's values used to include Christianity but now they have updated and list their values as Multiculturalism. There are many immigrants visible within the population. Tomorrow we leave for Berlin. Brussels and Belgium have been very nice, clean, and expensive! 

Official Questions for today (Schoology):
1. When did Belgium gain independence and from whom?
2. What was Belgium's position during WW2?
3. Who stole the Van Eyck painting and Michelangelo's
  Madonna and Child statue during WW2?
4. Who were instrumental in bringing them back to Belgium?
5. What movie was recently made about this situation?
AP class only also: Why was Strasbourg considered for EU capital instead of Brussels? What makes Strasbourg unique? 
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Spencer Buckner on

What is this place?

That building is the Ghent Cathedral, built in 942 AD. Home to the famous Ghent Altarpiece, which was stolen by the Germans during World War I and World War II. The Ghent Cathedral was also the location of the baptism of Charles V, who was the leader of the Holy Roman Empire from 1519 to 1556. The building was originally built as a primarily wooden structure, but in the next 500 years was expanded upon in both Romanesque and Gothic stylings.

Ariana Gannon on

What painting is this?
The painting she is explaining happens to be the ghent altarpiece or adoration of the mystic lamb.

Ariana Gannon on

The famous statue of the Peeing Boy is located at the junction of Rue de L'Estuve/Stroofstraat and Rue du Chene/Eikstraat. The statue is 61 cm tall and made of bronze, the sculptor Hieronimus Duquesnoy made this statue in 1619. There are many legends that surround the statue but the most famous one is about Duke Godfrey lll of Leuven. The legend is about how in 1142 troops of this two year old lord were battling against the troops of the Berthouts . The troops put the infant lord in a basket and hung the basket in a tree to encourage them. From there , the boy urinated on the troops of the Berthouts, who eventually lost the battle.

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