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Church of Our Lady (Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk)

Vrouwekerkhof Zuid, Bruges 8000, Belgium
00 32-0-50 33 19 17
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Ranked #18 of 50 attractions in Bruges
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues
Description: This church features a 122m spire and what is claimed to be the only Michaelangelo statue to have left Italy in his lifetime.
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The church was not at its best as it was being renovated but all the same the Madonna and child was worth the visit.

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Gatineau, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

There is construction right now, so do not pay unless you wish to see the Michelangelo. Otherwise, not really worth it was most items are covered.

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Shoreham by Sea
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288 helpful votes 288 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I'm not a big church fan as i'm not religious, but I can very much appreciate the architecture and meaning of churches for many people. This was a lovely church and the interior was beautiful, quiet and serene. If you are a believer this place will fill you up. If not, it will still be a visit totally worthwhile.

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Den Haag, Nederland
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11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

My first reaction upon paying to see the Madonna was, "Is this what all the fuss is about??" It's a small white statue and while absolutely beautiful, it did not live up to my exceptions.

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We were shocked at the state of this church. Although certain parts are undergoing restoration currently, the parts you can access are in a terrible state of disrepair, particularly the artworks. I was happy to pay 2€ to see Michelangelo's Madonna and Child, which is beautiful (but in need of a clean?).

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Just Outside Nashvegas, TN
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

We arrived just before the closing time for the Madonna and child. It was two euro pp to go see it. Well worth the pocket change! It was a free for all once in there and it was hard to get a picture of it with no one else in it. For the church itself, it is under renovations so... More

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Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

WEnt into this church to see the sculpture, but the church itself is lovely, unfortunately there was a lot of scaffolding and netting up as it is being restored.

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Berkshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

There is construction taking place but there is still a lot to see inside, the madonna and child is a brilliant reason to go in alone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The church itself is very nice, with some enjoyable art and sculpture around it, but the true beauty (at least for an atheist like myself) was the Michelangelo Madonna, which honestly made my cry. The only downside to it is that it really does make what are some very nice sculptures around it look quite crude! If you are visiting... More

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st louis mo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The Church was undergoing renovation during our visit, but the Madona and Child are worth the trip. We plan to return once the Church once the renovations are finished. I loved Monuments Men and had to visit the church to see the Madona. The City of Bruges is very quaint and worth a visit.

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