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‘Dear Old Bruges'. The English Colony in Bruges in the Nineteenth Century
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‘Dear Old Bruges'. The English Colony in Bruges in the Nineteenth Century

(Lori van Biervliet) The Low Countries - 1998, № 6, pp. 52-59

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The English have always been at home in Bruges. From the tenth century on they crossed the channel for commercial reasons, and thus, in the centuries that followed, England emerged as one of the most important merchant states in the Hanseatic Alliance. Later on, the English colony in Bruges in the nineteenth century made a unique tribution to the cultural-historical, and even to the economic, importance of the city. If Bruges has preserved its medieval appearance to the present, if it is a leading city in the area of preservation of buildings and monuments and is renowned throughout the world as a tourist centre and city of art treasures, then this is largely due to the effort and influence of exceptional English people who lived there.

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