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After my daily bike trip saw I this wonderful image to Damme a small city on 4 mile of Bruges.
I get this information of the site www.damme//online.com from our friend Hendrik, hdl for TE friends.
In order to stimulate trade, in 1180, count Philips from Alsace gave Damme townprivileges and exemption of tollrights. Seaships could sail as far as Damme, where their goods were then overloaded onto smaller boats. Via a canal, these boats could reach Bruges. During the first century of it's existence, Damme lived to see it's greatest flourishing; the oldest monuments in the town center still date back to that age. Next to the transfer of goods, Damme also had the staplerights on wine and herring (see Herringmarket/Haringmarkt). The town flourished and grew fast and soon the construction of the church (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwechurch) commenced. Soon hereafter the Halls and the St.-Janshospital were built. In that age, a lot of other (already dissapeared buildings) were constructed like: a begijnhof, a guesthouse and several chapels. The, also dissapeared, St.-Catherinschurch dates back to that time; this building stood just outside the present town walls. There was also a court of justice, which proves the importance of the town. Damme was one of the largest harbours of it's age. When the French king Phillips August captured the town in 1213, his entire fleet (1700 vessels!) fitted into the harbour.

I shal place a second picture with a frame.
Second picture

Enjoy it.


Canon EOS 5D
Shooting Date/Time
27/11/2007 16:08:13
Tv(Shutter Speed)
1/15Sec.
Av(Aperture Value)
F18
Metering Modes
Centerweighted average metering
Exposure Compensation
0
ISO Speed
400
Lens
EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM
Focal Length
16,0 mm
Image size
4368 x 2912
Image Quality
RAW
Picture Style
Landscape

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