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“Well worth visiting - make sure to get a ticket to the museum!”

Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk
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Ranked #16 of 153 things to do in Bruges
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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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Reviewed January 15, 2013

I've seen a bunch of people complaining about not being able to see the Michelangelo, 6 Euros is too much for a church, etc.

First of all, you should get a city pass - it will save you money, pretty much everything in Bruges is on it, and it is also good for free bus rides and discounts on attractions that are not covered.

Second, in my opinion, having seen what's free on another occasion and feeling like there wasn't much to see, and then paying this time and seeing all the rest of the church, I have to say that it is totally worth paying the admission. Besides the Michelangelo Bruges Madonna, there is the tomb of Charles the Bold and his daughter Mary of Burgundy, and lots of other wonderful art. We had it all mostly to ourselves the day we were there, a late Sunday afternoon. I think all the day trippers had already left town...

So my advice is, hey, Bruges can be a bit pricey, so get yourself a city pass, save yourself some $$ for beers at Cambrinus, stay more than one day, and after you've done the Groeninge Museum and some of the other great sights, squeeze in an hour for the OLV Kerk. It is quite beautiful.

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Reviewed January 13, 2013

I went in to this Church, expecting to see Michaelangelo's "Madonna with Child". Instead the church is being refurbished, so everything is roped off and you can't see ANYTHING, except if you pay to enter. I was told by one couple coming out that the statue is barely visible even with binoculars which you have to use (you're obviously not allowed to get close up), so I walked out.
Don't waste your money!!!!

2  Thank barbara b
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

A very impressive church from the outside but also well worth a visit inside, if only for the wonderful Michelangelo statue of virgin and child, so clearly a cut above the others.

Thank J E R
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Cold, depressing, almost sinister church, complete opposite of the joy of visiting the Basilica of the Holy Blood. Left us cold and uncomfortable for some time afterwards.

1  Thank Karen C
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

To quote a nun we met in Brugge... 6 Euro to get into a church is shameful. While you can see parts of the church without paying, you cannot see the lovely art collection - including the Michelangelo sculpture that is one of it's main attractions.

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