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Address: Mariastraat, Bruges 8000, Belgium
Phone Number: 3250448711
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9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The 115 metres high brick tower of the Church of Our Lady is a perfect...

The 115 metres high brick tower of the Church of Our Lady is a perfect illustration of the craftsmanship of Bruges' artisans. The church displays a valuable art collection: Michelangelo's world-famous Madonna and Child, countless paintings, 13th-century painted sepulchres and the tombs of Mary of Burgundy and Charles the Bold.

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Restoration work continues

The spire is now free from scaffolding, and a splendid sight, restoration continues inside the church. Much of it is free to enter, but there is a 2 euro charge for the part with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 4, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 NEW

The spire is now free from scaffolding, and a splendid sight, restoration continues inside the church. Much of it is free to enter, but there is a 2 euro charge for the part with the 'Madonna and Child' statue. This is well worth seeing. One could visit the church many times and notice something you hadn't seen before.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 NEW

The church is under reconstruction, so, you won't get a lot out of a visit at this time. We did pay the entry fee to view the Michelangelo and it was worth viewing. When you contrast it with the other statues that surround it, you can really see the astounding difference.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 NEW

Finally, we were able to visit Michelangelo's "Madonna and Child" which is is worth the visit regardless of admission. It is a masterpiece and having seen his other works in Italy, visiting this amazing sculpture was a must.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 NEW

Absolutely beautiful Cathedral in the middle of the old town in Mariastratt. Carvings are exceptional

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 NEW

Go to see the famous sculpture by Michelangelo, featured in the movie The Monuments Men. Previous reviewers are correct about the renovations being done in the church, but so it goes in order to maintain these places for future generations. Pay the small fee to see the sculpture and help pay for the work being done. It's worth it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 NEW

Famous work of Michelangelo "Madonna and Child" is in this church. It's worth a visit, because it's the only piece that he sent outside of Italy while he was alive.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

As others have indicated, there is a lot of work going on inside, so it's hard to judge how fabulous it might be in there. The outside is definitely worth seeing, that steeple is something else. The Madonna and Child is larger and more accessible than I thought it would be, it's probably worth going just to be in the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

You can visit the church for free but if you want to se the magnificent sculpture of Michelangelo's Madonna and Child then it is well worth paying the few euros to see it. It is a shame that the church has become such a tourist attraction but where outside Rome could you see the beauty of his sculpture.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Don't miss this church. It has the only work of art of Michelangelo that has ever left Italy during his lifetime. It is also known because it was taken by the Nazi's and hidden in a salt mine, which is depicted in the Monuments' Men movie. It is an amazing sculpture, but take in mind that it was not supposed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

The church is currently under restoration with a lot of it blocked off. It's good to know that it will be restored to its former glory and being preserved for future generations. Well worth 3€ to see Michelangelo"s Madonna and child. You can take pictures but no flash photography allowed.

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