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Graceful Swan Reflecting on one of Bruges Canals | by Jeff Rose Photography
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Graceful Swan Reflecting on one of Bruges Canals

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The swan is one of the symbols of Bruges / Brugge.

 

Brugeans have a medieval swan legend, that of Pieter Lanchals ('long neck'). Lanchals was the right hand man of Maximilian I of Habsburg, who tried to seize power in Bruges but was imprisoned in the Craenenburg house at the Market Square and made to watch the torture of his henchman, including Lanchals, whose head ended up on a spike at Gentpoort. On his release, Maximilian regained power and forced the city to keep swans in the canals for eternity because of their long necks.

  

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Taken on July 19, 2011