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History: Smedepoort Bruges.

The Smedenpoort is one of the four remaining city gates of Bruges. The first gate dates from 1297-99, but was rebuilt in 1367-68 by the master bricklayers Jan Slabbaert and Mathias Saghen. Later she was rebuilt several times. Characteristic of this port is that, just like the Ezelpoort, it is completely surrounded by water.
At the Smedenpoort hangs a bronze skull in memory of an event from 1691. In that year, the Bruges sailor Jacob Wyndekens brought a conspiracy to light. A certain Fran鏾is van der Straeten, an Eekloans, had agreed with a small group of French soldiers to smuggle them into the city at night through the Smedenpoort. They would hide in barracks that were located near the Waterhuis. In the early hours they would overpower the gatekeepers, open the gate and give free rein to a large French army that was in ambush in the Tillegembos. That same day, the 26th of June of the year 1691, the traitor Fran鏾is van der Straeten was hanged, then his head cut off and that head was put on an iron pin on the Smedenpoort. Meanwhile, the skull was replaced by a bronze specimen.

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Camera Model
Canon EOS 5D
Shooting Date/Time
5/04/2008 12:50:54
Shooting Mode
Manual Exposure
Tv(Shutter Speed)
1/100
Av(Aperture Value)
22
ISO Speed
200
Lens
EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM
Focal Length
16.0mm
Image Size
4368x2912
Image
Quality
RAW
Picture Style
Landscape

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