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Bruges without people on street, corona time!

The Predikerenrei is a bridge in Bruges.

The Predikerenrei separates the Augustijnen- from the Gouden Handrei and connects the Spanjaardstraat with the Hoedenmakersstraat.

The name comes from the Augustinian fathers who settled in the second half of the thirteenth century on the block between Jan Mirael, Schrijvers, Hoedenmakersstraat and Augustijnenrei. They reached the city center via the nearby Vlamingbrug. In 1294, the city's Augustinians were given permission to build a bridge over the Rei right in front of their monastery. They must do this at their own expense and on condition that the city administration can have the bridge removed at any time if circumstances require. The current bridge dates from 1391 and was built by the Bruges master mason Jan van Oudenaerde ( 1412). In 1396, Jan van Oudenaerde was charged with installing two staircases on the Augustijnenbrug that lead to the water. In 1937, the bridge was partly rebuilt and reinforced. In 1984 the bridge was again restored to a design by the Bruges Study Agency Verschave. The Augustijnenbrug is a three-part arch bridge. The parament is made of regularly cut blocks of natural stone, presumably Tournai limestone, with bluestone for the keystones of the arches and the tops. The central stones between the arches are reinforced with buttresses. At the height of the road surface there is a profiled, bluestone water frame on both sides of the parapet. The bridge has two bricks on the west side and one brick trumpet on the east side. Stone benches are made on the inside of the parapets. The road surface of the bridge is paved.

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