On Burg square
The beautiful facade of the gothic style Stadhuis or Town Hall on Burg square in Bruges. This gothic hall was built in 1376, as one of the first monumental town halls in the Low Countries, and has been the administrative heart of Bruges ever since. On the frontside are displayed the town weapons of the cities and villages that were under administrative rule from Bruges, there are also 48 niches for statues.
The history and importance of the Burg square goes back to the 9th century when Baldwin I, Count of Flanders, had a fortified castle - a "burg" in Dutch - built to protect the area against the rampaging Normans and Vikings. The castle has long since disappeared though, only the name remains as the name of the square.