The CommOCEAN conference (Bruges, 6-7 December 2016) will take place at the Provincial Court on the Market Square in the heart of the medieval Bruges.

The majority of Bruges' sights are concentrated on the Market Square, otherwise known as the Markt, and the nearby Burg, another central city square. Apart from its abundant restaurants and cafés, the Markt is surrounded by stunning examples of ancient architecture including the Provincial Court, the Market Halls and the Belfry.

Provinciaal Hof is an imposing neo-Gothic building dating from the 19th century and currently housing the headquarters of the West Flanders government. The Market Halls formed the commercial centre of the city between the 13th and 16th centuries, and are now used as an exhibition centre by regional art dealers.

The Belfry is the square's primary attraction, standing 84m high and affording magnificent vistas over the city for those with the energy to climb its 366 steps. The lower half of the bell tower was constructed in the 13th century, with the turrets and the octagonal upper section added in the 14th and 15th centuries respectively. The Belfry contains a total of 47 bells, which ring out periodically over the city.



Provinciaal Hof - Provincial Court
Markt 3, 8000 Bruges, Belgium