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Tourists back a Bruges (photograph Saturn afternoon)

The Arentshof in the Belgian city of Bruges is a garden adjacent to the Arentshuis.

The 18th-century classicist house of the noble Arents family is located between the Groeninge Museum and Gruuthuse Museum. Until the 17th century it was still part of the Gruuthuse domain.

In the eighteenth century it was owned by Valentin de Stappens de Harnes (1713-1777), sheriff of Bruges. After him it became the residence of his son, Louis-Philippe de Stappens de Harnes, and his wife Petronilla van Outryve. When de Stappens had to sell the property due to debt, it was bought by his brother-in-law Emmanuel-Louis van Outryve d'Ydewalle.

By the end of the nineteenth century, the house and garden were owned by Aquilin Arents de Beerteghem. The city council then ruled that he should acquire this property in order to give it a museum function and to make the garden public. Much against the wishes of the owner, the property was expropriated in 1908.

The garden was redeveloped and was given a double connection to the street in square, called Groeninge. In addition, a new bridge, which was given the name Sint-Bonifaciusbrug, was built above the Reie in 1911, which provided a connection with the other part of the Arentshof, with exits to the former Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerkhof-North, now Guido Gezelleplein, and to Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerkhof-South. In this second part, a bust of the Spanish-Bruges philosopher Juan Luis Vives was placed.

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