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Jerusalem Church (Jeruzalemkerk)

Peperstraat 1, Bruges, Belgium
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Ranked #15 of 49 attractions in Bruges
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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Ireland
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252 reviews 252 reviews
203 attraction reviews
181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

It was intriguing to find out that this still privately owned church was likely modelled on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. This resulted from a visit to the latter by a family member. The interior is exceptional. The brick walls form the backdrop to some lovely decorative stonework. Behind the altar is one such, with portrayal of... More

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Denver, Colorado
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14 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We found this on a really quiet walking tour that was in a brochure. It is a great building and its history (same family for over 500 years), following this family, gives you a great idea of the entire history of Brugge since the 15th century.

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Brussels, Belgium
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I wanted to see this church, as a scene of the film "In Bruges" with Colin Farrell and Ralph Fiennes is shot here. It's a hidden gem, with a very comprehensive museum attached. The whole composition of the building and the atmosphere of the church make it a surprising and worthful stop, slightly off the beaten track.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This really takes you back to the 15th century, no messing around in this building. The marble back piece of the altar is quite beautiful and full of symbolism. This was built as a replica of the basilica in Jerusalem.. If you visit the Folk Museum it is only a short walk away and should not be missed.

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Greenwich, New York
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5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I went out of my way to see this church, and it was well worth it. Next to the lace museum, very interesting visit.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

The Jerusalem Church is slightly off the beaten track, which means there are a lot less tourists who visit. This is an advantage because it is unusual. It's rather dark somber and quiet, and altogether rather mysterious which gives off a strange feeling. Some interesting tombs there also.

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Scunthorpe
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11 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

A little church close to the folklore museum. The lower floor seems very dark and forboding with a couple of tombs to be seen. The upper area where the alter is located is well lit with natural light coming from the tower above. Attached to the church is a building where lace making is demonstated in the afternoon.

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pescara
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

This church should not be missed. It is not as visited as many other places in Bruges and I think this is because it is off the main route, although close to the Folklore museum. I liked the feeling you get when entering the rather small dark and gloomy church which is adorned with skeleton and death images - you... More

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Dorado, Puerto Rico
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25 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

This small church was just steps away from an apartment we rented. We went to see the lace makers who are there every weekday afternoon from to 2-5pm. The entrance fee is only 3€ with 2€ for seniors and students. The lace makers are locals who meet to work on their lace treasures and enjoy each others company. They are... More

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Kingston-upon-hull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

The Jerusalem Church is a very interesting church - very different to 'usual' Western European church, with very sombre crypt and altar high up in the church. Really interesting to look around. The church is also attached to a lace centre, where you can enter and see local people making lace in their club - fascinating to watch. It's also... More

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