Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk

Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk, Bruges

Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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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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DunelmArts
Aberdeen, UK988 contributions
May 2022
The Church is free to enter when there are no services taking place, and the interior is well worth a visit. The best art and the famous Michelangelo sculpture of Madonna and Child are in the roped off museum part of the church which costs seven Euro to enter. Payment is by card only, no cash is accepted. The white marble statue is worth the admission price alone - truly stunning. For film buffs, the statue featured in the film The Monuments Men, the story of how great art works were saved from the Nazis during WW2. The outside of the church is equally spectacular. The brick tower is 115.5 metres high and took nearly 200 years to build! The church is certainly well worth a visit during your trip to Bruges.
Written June 30, 2022
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Ugo C
Reykjavik, Iceland540 contributions
May 2022
Beautiful church with great history. It should be on your list of places to visit within Brugges. This is beautiful whether you like history, architecture or both
Written June 22, 2022
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David M
Birmingham, UK302 contributions
Jun 2022
A beautiful church and museum which is a must to visit. So much to admire and take in. The museum is an add on and needs to be done
Written June 20, 2022
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jbg74
Saint Paul, MN893 contributions
May 2022
This French Gothic Cathedral is beautiful. The highlights are the carved, wooden pulpit, confessional booths, and, of course, Michaelangelo's Madonna and Child which was spectacular. This is part of the Bruges card too.
Written May 30, 2022
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Grete S R
Northern Norway, Norway1,123 contributions
May 2022
The main reason we visited Church of Our Lady was to see Madonna and Child by Michelangelo. The history of the statue is amazing so it was great to see it "in live" and in its right place.

The admission to enter the museum part of the church (where the Madonna is, is 7 Euro pr. person)

Well worth a visit.
Written May 29, 2022
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel35,135 contributions
Apr 2022
This is an impressive church in the middle of the historic part of Bruges.
The exteriors of the church are far more impressive than its interior, though.
Written May 13, 2022
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Oxalis Tours
Brussels, Belgium27 contributions
Dec 2021
Built between around 1270 and 1340 so in the Middle Ages, when life expectancy was thirtysomething, the printing press had yet to be invented and the Americas were still waiting to be discovered. This church would have been an architectural marvel in its time, a medieval equivalent maybe of The Shard in London or New York's Chrysler Building.

And even today it remains an imposing structure. Gothic, constructed for the most part in brick. The main tower is 115 metres tall. The building's interior is as impressive as its exterior and really worth having a look at.

The church also includes a museum (admission 7€) whose highlights include the tombs of Charles the Bold and his daughter Mary of Burgundy, the last members of the powerful Burgundy dynasty, an exquisite marble Madonna and Child by Michelangelo and a silver cask containing relics believed to be of Saint Boniface. The cask etchings, which represent scenes from Saint Boniface's life, are particularly intricate and very beautiful. It was however a bit disconcerting to see rather gaudy, artificial flowers next to a statue by Michelangelo.
Written December 31, 2021
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G.B.
871 contributions
Dec 2021
The church is very bright (despite the Gothic facade), so entering it seems almost a rite of passage. The works are well arranged and well explained. The only drawback: the statue of Michelangelo (by the way originally intended for the Piccolomini library in Pisa, in fact you will notice the similarity with the statues in Pisa) can be seen quite far away. Moreover, I have seen many tourists struggling to find the painting of Caravaggio, when in fact the painting in question ("Supper at Emmaüs") has a golden inscription that proves the attribution. Don't focus only on these works, because others (The panels with the coats of arms of the knightly order "Toson d'Oro", the deposition from the cross, etc...) deserve your attention.
Written December 23, 2021
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JanetBrussels
Brussels, Belgium320 contributions
Nov 2021
While still a Church, the highlights - Michaelangelo and the Burgundian Tombs - are now in a museum. A little odd, but if you're interested in seeing them, it's worth the small fee (€7)
Written November 22, 2021
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OZS_ATW
Budapest, Hungary2,383 contributions
Oct 2021
Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk, the Church of Our Lady Bruges is a 115-meter high church made of bricks in the hearts of Bruges.
It looks gorgeous, it is a must to see.
Written November 18, 2021
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