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Five days ago I make a bike trip to Bruges, a very lovely springtime day with almost twenty degree Celsius.
During my passage at the "Kruispoort" in Dutch " I saw the old fortress with in background the old mills on the dyke along the canal.
Excellent for a picture, I departs never without camera.
Almost fifty kilometre together, a good workout at my age.

I hope you enjoy of these picture.

The Cross gate was a town gate part of the second town wall of Bruges dating from 1297. The actual gate is of more recent date .
It is dated form the beginning of the 15 th century. It was built by the architects Jan van Oudenaerde and Maarten van Leuven.
Today there is only the main building remaining, while the two bridges and the front gate have another view.
At the side of the water there are two towers, that are connected with a machicolation, with a throw hole to be able to attack the enemy with bullets.
The pointed arched passage could be closed with two doors, a hers and a drawbridge. Nearby there is a small pedestrian passage, reachable via a small bridge, secured by an embrace.
On the town side the facade looks less like a fortress. On the corners there are two octagonal turrets.
In between the façade is divided in two floors with a dripstone moulding, and there above an out leaning breastwork.
There are four windows with cross-bar frames in round arched niches, that are decorated with tracery in the three lobbed arches . There is a tabernacle with crucifix in the middle above the passage.
Most of the interior has been preserved. We can find the five parted vaults back in the two defence towers.
The sittings for the gate guards were saved on the different floors.
The top room is separated into three aisles with columns, that are support the cross-rib vaulting’s.
Some consoles have little angels with a banderols.
At night the town gate is illuminated.

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