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The Lake of Love... or magic entrance to Bruges. | by egold.
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The Lake of Love... or magic entrance to Bruges.

The Minnewater and its lovely park are the entrance to the beautiful city of Bruges. Because of the idyllic surroundings it is mostly referred to as 'the lake of Love' (the Dutch word 'Minne' means 'love')...

Actually, the origins of the lake are less romantic. It was here that the coastal river 'Reie' entered the city. The river was later canalized and made to continue until the center of town. It is not sure where the name 'Minnewater' comes from. An explanation could be 'water van het gemeen', which could be translated as the 'common water'. The lake was used as a water reservoir, to keep the water of the canals at a constant level. Next to the lake is the Minnewater park, where sometimes in the summertime (rock) concerts are organized.

 

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Taken on May 11, 2010