Petit Futé's opinion on MINNEWATERPARK
The Lake of Love park is certainly the most romantic place in the city, inviting to reverie. It is hard to imagine that from 1614, when the Bruges-Ghent canal was built, to the end of the 19th century, the lake served as a commercial basin for barges that provided regular transport between the two cities. The literal translation of Minnewater would be the lake (water) of love, to be compared with the German Minnesänger, troubadour, literally "singer of love". This corresponds to the current atmosphere of the water. However, in the Middle Ages, this basin was the inner harbor of Bruges, vibrant with activity, crowded with ships coming to unload their cargo. Minnewater is therefore probably a distortion of Binnenwater, where binnen means "inside", the inner basin.
Stop at the small bridge and, in keeping with tradition, make a wish in memory of the ill-fated love affair between Minna and Morin. The two young men were in love with each other, but her father did not want her to marry Morin. Minna ran away. When Morin found her, it was to take her last breath. Crazy with grief, he built a dam and dried up the river to bury Minna. Once done, he broke the dam and the waters buried the body of his beloved. Next to the bridge stands the Powder Tower, a former ammunition depot.
At the other end of the lawn, you go through the second gate and turn left, towards the Minnewater, which you could already see in the distance before entering the beguinage.
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