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Provincial Palace

‘lift up your imagination’. The Provincial Palace offers the opportunity to hold a meeting in a unique heritage location in the heart of the World Heritage city of Bruges. The Provincial Palace was built on the location of the former Waterhalle, where ships would load and unload their wares. Bruges grew to become one of Europe’s most significant trade centres, and the Waterhalle was one of the seven wonders of Bruges. Today, the current neogothic complex is an iconic part of Bruges’ Market Square. The Provincial Palace is a wonderful and comprehensive neogothic work of art, its interior richly decorated with coats of arms, stained glass windows and statues which point to the city and the region’s rich past and the administrative function of the building. As well as your meeting taking place in a World Heritage city, you will also be right in the centre of the city, within walking distance of everything. This is an ideal spot for a meeting in a wonderful historic setting. Just as the Waterhalle and the covered harbour used to be the economic heart of the city, the Provincial Palace is set to be a future catalyst for business, events and meetings which centre around knowledge and economic progress.The Provincial Palace is currently covered in scaffolding in order to complete its restoration and ensure that the building has the necessary technology in place for future use. The intention is to transform the Provincial Palace into an open house for the Province of West Flanders. It is set to be a place of inspiration and an exciting gateway into the West Flanders region.The renovations include the addition of three new lifts to increase accessibility. There will also be changes made to the building in order to conserve energy and boost sustainability, such as modernisation of lighting and installation of under-floor heating. Based on the three-seat principle, the maximum capacity is 220 people. There are five breakout rooms which can also be hired independently as meeting rooms and can accommodate between 20 and 100 people theatre-style. It is expected to be ready by 2024.The renovations are transforming the Provincial Palace into an international-standard high-quality meeting location. In this highly imaginative location you will be sure to have a unique heritage experience which will instantly take your meeting up to the next level.


Over the centuries, the eastern side of the Market Square has been embellished by three iconic buildings: the Waterhalle (a gothic warehouse) from the 13th century to the 18th century, a monumental neo-classical housing complex during the 18th and 19th century and, last of all, the current three-part neogothic complex (from 1878) with its impressive Provincial Palace at the centre. This was home to the county council until 1999, but the Provincial Palace is still of great importance to the province of West Flanders, Bruges and the people of Bruges today.The Provincial Palace is currently undergoing a thorough restoration and renovation, transforming it into a walk-in location for the West Flanders provincial government where everyone is welcome. The building will become an imposing and surprising gateway to all the wonderful things which West Flanders has to offer. A visit here will help you to get to know West Flanders – the province which has Bruges as its capital - as well as informing you about the rich history of the building itselfAre you curious to find out more about how the restoration is progressing? Take a look at the latest updates and plans for the future online, on Facebook or on Instagram.




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Markt 3, 8000 Brugge

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Provincial Palace

Markt 3, 8000 Brugge

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