Concertgebouw‘t Zand 34, Bruges
The Concertgebouw was built by the architects Paul Robbrecht and Hilde Daem, whose design was short-listed in an international architecture competition in the run-up to ‘Brugge 2002, European Capital of Culture’.
The Concertgebouw is an international music and performing arts centre, devoted to the development and presentation of art at an international level. It focuses on music and contemporary dance. In addition to its own artistic programme, the Concertgebouw makes its accommodation available to others for events of all types. This includes the Concert Hall (1289 seats), the Chamber Music Hall (maximum 320 seats), and the various reception rooms with their panoramic view of the historical city centre.
The congress diner is held on Monday December 3rd at 8pm at Forum 6 of the Concertgebouw 't Zand 34, Bruges
The congress diner is held at 'Forum 6', providing an amazing overview of the skyline of Bruges.
Today’s Bruges has a population of about 45.000 people (the old center) or 120.000 people (center together with the suburbs). These numbers clearly show that Bruges is not a tiny miniature city. It ranks, even today, among the important cities of Belgium. It is also the capital of the Belgian province of West-Flanders. A lot of people take daytrips from Brussels to Bruges, but there is too much to see here to fill only 1 day.
The best way to visit Bruges is to spend at least one night in one of the many beautiful and cozy hotels. Later in the evening, when all the tourists have gone, Bruges finds back its charm and quiet of old times. When one is lucky with the weather, a stroll through the tiny medieval streets can be an enchanting experience.
Bruges is always beautiful, in the summertime as well as in the wintertime. Lucky visitors will never forget the city after they have seen it on a snowy December or January day. Bruges is a city that will capture your heart.
Bruges is also the ideal destination for medical congresses. Throughout Bruges’ history, religion and medical sciences were closely connected to the city, which still is very much tangible today.
The old AZ Sint-Jan hospital, located in the center of Bruges, has a history for more than 8 centuries, making it the oldest hospital from Europe. The first and oldest part of the hospital was built in 1150 in the ‘Mariastraat’.
The hospital was built to provide housing and care for pilgrims, passers-by and traveling salesmen. Also sick people were accepted (at least if their illness was not contagious). Because of the continuous growing of the population in the Flemish cities, the hospital
soon had to expand. During the 13th and 14th centuries more halls and sick-bays were added to the complex. The AZ Sint-Jan hospital was a powerful and rich institution, with a lot of real estate possessions inside and outside of Bruges. In 1864, 8 wards were occupied and around 1900, the different specialties of general medicine and surgery began to branch out.
In the 1970’s a new general hospital was built in Bruges so that after 8 centuries the AZ Sint-Jan Hospital lost its function. It was transformed into a museum and a congress center. Inside the old chapel is now one of the smallest but most attractive museum
14 of Bruges, the Memling museum. Here six paintings by the 15th century painter Hans Memling can be seen.
Today, the AZ Sint-Jan hospital is a hospital with 1200 beds, a combined total of 200 physicians and surgeons, and over 2100 staff members. This modern high tech hospital boasts a formidable list of facilities.