Dampoort (Brugge) anno 1562

The Dampoort was part of a town gate complex in the city of Bruges. It made it part of the old medieval defensive ring around the city. The name of the gate is still used for the place where they used to be.
The complex consisted of three different gates : the Sint-Nikolaaspoort, also known as Port called Koolkerkse, the Sint-Leonarduspoort, also called Dudzelepoort, and finally the Spejepoort.
The town gates each had a different utility; the Spejepoort as coil lock to the complex running. The gates were gradually demolished, when in 1660 one new town gate was built to replace the complex. This town gate was given the name Dampoort. By 1870, this gate was also demolished. Of the entire complex now  only one defense tower  can be recognized in the café Du Phare.
Today there are  the two Dampoort bridges, located each on one side of the Dampoort sluice, on the ringvaart. This sluice is where also begins the Damse Vaart, which in 1811-1814 was dug in command of Napoleon Bonaparte.

 Anno 1997

After finishing my model “Brugge anno 1562” in 1994, i was looking for a new idea to make another model concerning my city of Brugge.

One day, looking at my previous model, i decided to build one of the town gates on bigger scale, so i (and you) would be able to see

more detail about this gate.  I choose for not 1 gate, but actualy for a gate complex, consisting out of 3 towngates. The complex was called “Het Dampoort complex”.

So i went back to the copies i took years before, the map of Marcus Gerards, went back to a copy center, and i enlarged the chosen towngate to a size i liked.

I followed the same method i used before for the city model, 3 layers of hard wooden planks on top of eachother to create the deapth of the canals (as seen on the picture above). The skeleton of the buildings were also made out of  “Balsa-wood”, but this time not 1 mm thick, but 2,5 mm thick. To create the structure of the outside of the buildings, i  used a flexible foam which you can twist in almost any direction you want it. The whole model measures 0.90 m by 0.70 m and the highest building measures around 23 cm.

The plants on the edges of the canal actualy come out of a garden, little plants or leaves i’ve sprayed with hair lacquer to make it fix, and then painted them. The other bigger trees i bought in a model shop.

For the water in the canals, i used a procuct from the model shop, little pearls which, when heated, turn into a fluid that i could pour into the open spaces where the canals are showing on the model. After a while, this fluid turned hard again, is transparent, and actualy looks like it is real water. Amazing stuff….

I finished this model after only 6 months, it was realy easy to make, since it was on a bigger scale, which made it much easier to work.

Anno 1999

In october 1999, our local newspaper ” ‘t Brugsch Handelsblad” put an article in its weekly copy about my new model. 










” Bruges, more than an art city” is a richly illustrated production, published in 1997 by BRYGGIA tm, with dozen of panoramas, films and animations, more than 700 photographs and over two hours of music and commentary.  The legends of Bruges and Flemish masterpieces (Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling, etc.) are discussed in great detail.

I was fortunate that the people who produced this cd-rom, thought about me and my models to be a part of their prodution, so pictures of both my models are to be found on this cd-rom.