Day 11, In Which I Go Up a Belltower

The belltower in Bruges is 366 steps to the top.

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It's a carillon tower, actually.

I climbed every one of them.

And wouldn’t you know it?

The bells went off.

Thankfully, this was nothing compared to the terrifying Belltower Incident of 2003 (Cuernevaca, Mexico). A few carillon bells rang the half-hour. I still had time to see the view.

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And what a view! That canal goes all the way to the sea!

I squinted, but I don’t think I saw Brussels, even with the handy indicator carved into the windowledge.

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In the treasury about two hundred steps below, there were two old oaken chests that held the charter/constitutional sorts of laws and declarations. Each chest was blocked by two sets of iron gates, which were locked with ten separate locks.

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Ten separate men held the keys, so no one could consult the papers without the other nine knowing. It evidently worked out fairly well.

All in all, it was a long wait, an expensive ticket, and a huff-and-puff to the top. But I’m glad I did it!

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The Official Monument of Bruges

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