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Bruges... or old legend about the Swan City. | by egold.
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Bruges... or old legend about the Swan City.

One of the symbols of Bruges is the swan... There exists a nice legend about the swans of Bruges. In 1488 the people of Bruges had executed one of the town administrators belonging to the court of Maximilian of Austria, husband and successor of duchess Mary of Burgundy. The town administrator was called 'Pieter Lanchals', a name which means ' long neck'. The Lanchals family coat of arms featured a white swan. Legend has it that Maximilian punished Bruges by obliging the population to keep swans on their lakes and canals till eternity... Believe it or not but a lot of swans are everywhere in Bruges until now. This city and swans can’t be divided and Bruges can be called Swan City...

 

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Taken on May 11, 2010