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Minnewater Bruges

Geography and water management,

To the south of Bruges, several tributary streams and brooks flowed into the Reie. The Kerkebeek, for example, flowed into the Reie just before crossing the fortification canal. All that water entered Bruges via the Minnewater.
The Minnewater itself is not a natural Lake but may have arisen in the 13th century as a kind of reservoir and buffer basin, at the moment when locks were built near the present sashuis. This was necessary to keep the water supply under control. The flow of the Reie was quite variable. The lowest parts of the city were flooded by sudden thawing or prolonged rainfall. As long as nobody lived there, this was not a problem, but as the city expanded further and lower-lying areas, such as the Meersen, were built up, which was especially the case in the 13th century, people were obliged to control the whims of the Reie.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III
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12/05/2018 13:07:11
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EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
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