Mr Monkey realised that the gateway he'd come through was part of the Oude Civiele Griffie (Old Recorder's House), a building finished in 1536. It's now the home of the Liberty of Bruges, a small museum centred on a large Renaissance fireplace. Mr Monkey was impressed by the shininess of the gilding and was interested to see the bears helping to support the arms of the city and lurking on the gable. They were there because Count Baldwin killed a bear that was terrorising the area before he built his castle.
You can read about the Liberty of Bruges at the Bruges World Heritage City website.
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