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The Sint-Annarei is spanned by the Sint-Anna Bridge

The name "Sint-Annarei" refers to the neighboring district and parish of Sint-Anna to the east. Originally the street west of the rei (now Verversdijk) was called the Schottendijk, because of the Scottish merchants established there.

There is little clarity about the artificiality of the Sint-Annarei. Possibly it is the canalisation of the lower reaches of the Vuldersreitje, a watercourse that came from Assebroek. From 1127, the Sint-Annarei was part of the first city walls of Bruges. The Oude Molenpoort stood near the Molenbrug. Between 1623 and 1855, the Sint-Annarei was part of the canal between Ostend, Bruges and Ghent. After that, the Ringvaart took over this role. In 1750 all bridges over the Sint-Annarei were replaced by wooden (and later iron) swing bridges, to allow passage for larger ships. In the 1970s the bridges were replaced by the current stone bridges.

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