Beautifully engraved certificate from the Compagnie Des Installations Maritimes De Bruges issued in 1909. This historic document was printed by the Societe St Augustin and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of a shows an beautiful angelic woman holding a torch viewing the inland port of Bruges with 3 views of the city including an old harbor and the inner city. The company was formed in 1895 to construct the port installations and a canal. Bruges, sometimes called the 'Venice of the North' because of its many canals and beautiful structures that line its numerous canals. This splendid medieval city is one of Belgium's crown jewels. In no other European area does one have the feel and the look of medieval times that are present in this city close to the North Sea. Bruges is unique, in the sense that the town authorities have done the utmost to preserve the medieval-looking image of the city. The combination of old and the not so old, fascinates everyone who visits beautiful Bruges.