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Jerusalem Church (Jeruzalemkerk)

Peperstraat 1, Bruges, Belgium
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Ranked #17 of 51 Attractions in Bruges
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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182 reviews 182 reviews
117 attraction reviews
310 helpful votes 310 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

This church is situated in a quiet neighborhood outside the old city but still within walking distance. It includes an informative exhibit about the history of the church and the family that built it. There's a little courtyard, too. And the interior of the church, dominated by the black tomb of its founder, is unusual and interesting.

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Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Watch the short video and be sure to see the lovely courtyard too. The walk to the church through quiet neighborhoods is a great bonus for a view into Flemish life.

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Brasilia, DF
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

It´s a 15th-century structure built by the Adornes family. This It takes you back to the 15th century. There is a marble back piece at the altar. It is quite beautiful and full of symbolism. The church was built as a replica of the basilica in Jerusalem.

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Ireland
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227 attraction reviews
207 helpful votes 207 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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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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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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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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 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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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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