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Another picture from Bruges, much photographers come toward Bruges, perhaps have to these people sometime more walk through the streets, than you shall find the most picturesque places of the old city.
This is a narrow street middle of the centre, name: St-Jan van de Meerstraat, in background you can see the tower of the St Salvator Cathedral.
The visitors who take the time to walk through the beautiful city of Bruges will notice after a while that a certain type of houses can be seen quite often in the city. Those houses are mostly late medieval-looking and bear a name and a year on the outside wall. These houses are called 'Godshuizen'. Literally translated this would mean 'Houses of God'. However, this translation could mislead one to believe that these houses were small churches, or places of worship. A better name would be 'Houses for the poor and the needy'. Indeed, as early as the 14th century rich families and rich corporations of Flemish cities built houses for poor and needy widows and widowers. Sometimes the houses were constructed by corporations or guilds, for their members who had lost their income or were unable to work because of illness, handicaps or other mishaps.

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Canon EOS 5D
Shooting Date/Time
23/05/2009 13:11:09
Tv(Shutter Speed)
1/100Sec.
Av(Aperture Value)
F14
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering
Exposure Compensation
0
ISO Speed
100
Lens
EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Focal Length
70,0 mm
Image size
4368 x 2912
Image Quality
RAW
Picture Style
Landscape

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