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Belgium

Historically, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg were known as the  Low Countries, which used to cover a somewhat larger area than the current Benelux group of states. Belgium straddles the cultural boundary between German and Latin Europe.
 

 

 

Antwerp is famous as the diamond-trading centre of the world.
 

The central marketplace of Bruges retains much of its original character with its step-gabled guildhouses.
 

 

 

A UNESCO World Heritage site,  Bruges is delightful with its pretty canals, bridges, windmills and straats.

 

Gravensteen Castle in historic Ghent was built in 1180 by Philip of Alsace. It was modelled after castles he saw while participating in the Second Crusades.
 

Densely populated Belgium was the first country to undergo an industrial revolution on the continent of Europe in the early 1800s.
 

The treaty of Ghent ended the war of 1812 between the United States and the United Kingdom.
 

Venus Shivering (Venus Frigida) - Peter Paul Rubens - Hand-Painted Art Reproduction

Belgium, has a long history of great artists, including Rubens, Van Dyck, Jordaens and Brueghel.
 

Belgian waffles were our favorite  piece of art!

 

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