Picture: cozy crowds in Sluis
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and town hall museum.
A belfry is a typically Flemish edifice and symbolizes the
wealth and independence of a town. Shortly after its
foundation, Sluis already attained great prosperity and soon
plans were made to build a stately hall with an adjoining belfry
tower. It's noteworthly that Sluis has the only belfry in
the whole of the Netherlands; it shouldn't be a surprise that
this graceful tower has become the symbol of the town.
Another remarkable curiosity: did you know that the most
well-known inhabitant of Sluis lives in the tower? He is
called "Jantje van Sluis". His story goes back to the 80
years war and has been immortalized by a statue that you can see
in one of the windows of the tower. It is possible to
climb to the top of the belfry. Inside the town hall you
can find a museum and the VVV (Tourist Office).
The windmill "De Brak", also simply referred to as the
mill of Sluis, owes its name to a breed of French foxhounds
"Braque". It's a stone flour mill and only one remaining
in the town. The Brak was constructed in 1739 and remained
operational until the seventies of the 20th century. At
the end of the Second World War, the town was heavily bombed,
severely damaging the mill. Fortunately it was rebuilt
afterwards (in 1951). Restoration works were performed in
1982 which make that it is still in working condition. In
the adjacent buildings (the former mechanical mill) there is a
tea-room/restaurant and a gift shop. A museum has been
established in the mill itself (access via the gift shop).
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