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Jerusalem Church (Jeruzalemkerk)

Bruges, Belgium
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Ranked #16 of 48 attractions in Bruges
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

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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Farnham, UK
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

My wife makes bobbin lace, so was very interested to see how the ladies of Bruges made their lace. A daily demonstration is given at an adjoining building to Jerusalem Church at a cost of 3 Euros per person. The group leader took my wife to one side and explained in detail how Bruges Lace was made. My wife was... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

As you walk up, you think: there's something odd about this church. It's on a tilt (apart from being a copy of a church in Jerusalem). Inside, it gets stranger still. Where do worshippers sit? Everything's up a (steep) flight of steps: the altar, the pulpit, the organ... The replica of the tomb at the very back of the ground... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Interesting but the opposite to the Tardis, i.e. looks larger on the outside than inside. A pity you are not able to go up the tower.

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Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

This is such an unusual church, I only wish I had been there for mass. The alter has several skulls carved into it, which I would think would set an interesting tone for a worship service. Just a very unique place. A bit of a walk from many of the other "attractions," but it's right by the Folk Museum, which... More

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Cromer, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

What a joy to find - this very quirky and delightful building with an atmosphere all its own. Its relationship to the lace making school was interesting and well worth a visit.

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Perth Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Tucked away from the crowds at the other churches and cathedrals, on the eastern side of Brugge, not far from one of the city gates (Kruispoort) is the Jerusalem Chapel/Church. If you visit the Kantcentrum then entrance to the chapel is included in the ticket price, which was how I got to see it (otherwise there is an entrance fee... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

This church is situated beside the Lace Museum and is well worth a visit. It is not very large but the architecture is very interesting. It is quite different from any of the other churches we saw in Brugge, particularly with the staircases leading up to the altar. Our landlady said it was her favourite church in Brugge.

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Swansea
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Don't miss this tiny private church which is a little outside the normal circuit. Add a visit to the lace museum where there are some gems of craftwomanship from the past. And try to time our visit so you can watch the lace-making demonstration in the classroom. When we went there was even a man learning to do it

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

An amazing church, it's small but worth the trip. Very different from your average church, very quirky. It's worth spending a few minutes in the lace museum as well - if nothing else admire the craftsmanship that has gone into it. I particularly liked the signs of the zodiac.

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