In Bruges: UNESCO World Heritage and the Middle Ages with Dr. Natalie Lefevre

In Bruges: UNESCO World Heritage and the Middle Ages with Dr. Natalie Lefevre


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As the political and economic center of the County of Flanders and thanks to several favorable factors, Bruges grew into one of the most important merchant cities of Europe. In the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries, it was the place-to-be not only for the most powerful merchants of that time but also for many artists, political leaders, and other historical figures that still play to our imagination today. Celebrated for its photogenic canals, alluring skylines, and charming cobblestone lanes, Bruges offers the visitor a splendid snapshot into its historic past. In this seminar, we'll explore Bruges' golden age through its medieval world heritage. Learn how this charming town once was one of Europe's most important cities where the top merchants, artists, and other historical figures met

Today, we are lucky that many reminders of Bruges' golden age have not only survived but are beautifully conserved as UNESCO World Heritage. This conversation will take in some of these sites as we retrace Bruges' heydays by having a closer look at some of this important (and accessible) heritage. We'll view up close locations such as the Church of Our Lady, Van Eyck Square, The Begijnhof, Grote Markt, and Basilica of the Holy Blood in order to deepen our knowledge of the beauty on offer in Bruges.

Led by an expert on Belgian history, Natalie Lefevre, this interactive seminar will discuss Bruges in the Middle Ages through its UNESCO World Heritage. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the medieval city of Bruges and its diverse residents.

Belgian native Natalie Lefebre has a PhD in International Studies with a focus on social-political and conflict studies (UK) but her first university degree was a Master in Cultural Studies from Ghent University. Natalie decided to combine her educational background with her interest and passion for sustainable and educational tourism and founded a small-scale tour operator in Peru while she was living there. After returning to Belgium, she started guiding visitors in Bruges, Ghent, and other Belgian cities.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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J
J.L.
Such depth of knowledge!

I thoroughly enjoyed this class. the breadth of her knowledge and research was incredible.

P
P.M.
Good history lesson

Very good historical overview. I would have like 10 minutes on things to see/do as a visitor.

j
j.
bruges

excellent

D
D.
great lesson in Flemish history

The presentation was well organized and evenly paced. Dr. LeFevre's enthusiastic presentation was very interesting and thoughtful. I have a a much better understanding of the historical development of this beautiful city.
I am planning a trip to Belgium whenever I can travel again. I was hoping to get a sense of the size, scope and traditions of this part of the world. With this information I would be better prepared in making travel plans.
Bravo

P
P.T.
Very good history

I'm a retired history professor, and though this era and this continent were not my major field, I'm somewhat well informed about the general history of this time period in Europe. I thought Dr. Lefevre's presentation was very good, especially about what was specific to Bruges. I have visited there three times, as an awestruck tourist, and though I read the guidebooks, it was great to hear about some things in more detail. My only quibble would be that I wish she had said more about the art (which I love) and maybe a bit more about the general culture of the people. I was dying to ask what the locals thought of 'the' movie (which I loved, mostly for the scenery, except for the language) but decided that wasn't quite suited to the occasion.

Customer Reviews

Based on 32 reviews
72%
(23)
25%
(8)
3%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
J
J.L.
Such depth of knowledge!

I thoroughly enjoyed this class. the breadth of her knowledge and research was incredible.

P
P.M.
Good history lesson

Very good historical overview. I would have like 10 minutes on things to see/do as a visitor.

j
j.
bruges

excellent

D
D.
great lesson in Flemish history

The presentation was well organized and evenly paced. Dr. LeFevre's enthusiastic presentation was very interesting and thoughtful. I have a a much better understanding of the historical development of this beautiful city.
I am planning a trip to Belgium whenever I can travel again. I was hoping to get a sense of the size, scope and traditions of this part of the world. With this information I would be better prepared in making travel plans.
Bravo

P
P.T.
Very good history

I'm a retired history professor, and though this era and this continent were not my major field, I'm somewhat well informed about the general history of this time period in Europe. I thought Dr. Lefevre's presentation was very good, especially about what was specific to Bruges. I have visited there three times, as an awestruck tourist, and though I read the guidebooks, it was great to hear about some things in more detail. My only quibble would be that I wish she had said more about the art (which I love) and maybe a bit more about the general culture of the people. I was dying to ask what the locals thought of 'the' movie (which I loved, mostly for the scenery, except for the language) but decided that wasn't quite suited to the occasion.