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Belgium

Belgium might be dwarfed by its neighbouring European siblings, but its diminutive size belies a rich and fascinating history. Since Roman times, this region of the Low Countries has been the site of numerous conflicts, from Protestant/Catholic struggles in the 16th century to Napoleon’s final defeat at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, not to mention several major battles during World War I and World War II. But this is not just a country shaped by dispute; Belgium was a leading centre of economic prosperity and creative industry in the Mediaeval and Renaissance periods, as the handsome historic centres of Bruges and Ghent can attest to. Indeed, some of the greatest artists of the Northern Renaissance movement, such as Jan van Eyck and Roger van der Weyden, lived and worked in these cities. Artists hailing from this corner of Europe in more recent times include the Surrealist René Magritte – his oeuvre is celebrated in the excellent Magritte Museum in Brussels. In the company of one of our expert lecturers, stroll the atmospheric streets of Belgium’s finest cities, inspect masterpieces such as the Ghent Altarpiece, one of Europe’s greatest artistic treasures, or indulge in some of the country’s many irresistible delicacies.
 
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