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“Magnificent Interior”

Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk
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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 February 26, 2013

You can see the interior of the church for free but you have to pay to see the Madonna and Child by Michelangelo. It is well worth it. Allow at least 3/4 hour for the entire church.

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

I was rather disappointed when I saw Michelangelo's "Madonna and Child", because it was too far away to really appreciate this lovely work of art. One would not notice if this statue was a fake one (made of chocolate as was seen in a couple of chocolatiers in Bruges) or the original.

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Reviewed February 24, 2013

The entry price is currently at 4 euro instead of 6 due to major construction. The Michelangelo is worth seeing, but just be aware that most of the church is slightly a mess.

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Reviewed February 2, 2013

My inevitable introduction:
Dear Tripadvisor colleagues,
We must remember that OUR Tripadvisor is not just a banal word juggling of angry or happy tourists. The Tripadvisor is more like an Academy which educate us, helps people to see the difference between places where you can go uneducated and unprepared and special places where you can’t do without a good home work (or a lifelong work).
Here is one of the special places… Bruges, Belgium. Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk (or Our Lady Church, Mariastraat). The place of a huge attention, big tourist inflow, but not because people value the considerable age ( about 900 years) or something special in its architectonic. So why? Because almost everyone knows the name of Michelangelo. The church officials know that name as well, that’s why they decided to charge 6 euros just to see the museum part of the church. Some people are right – when you enter the church it doesn’t hit your imagination right away plus “6 euros” frustration… But the winners are those who did not stop here for three minutes and know that they have a rear chance to see absolutely unique masterpiece of the Titan. You can see the only artwork of Michelangelo, which left Italy during artist’s life span. Not only that. In a basement of the church you can find a tomb of rich locals, a wealthy merchant family of Mouscron, who commissioned this work. By the way Bruges was then one of the most important commercial cities of Europe. Now look at the sculpture in my photo gallery. Many of readers saw the Pieta at the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome, where Maria is all the grief holding the body of her beloved son. Here, in Bruges, we can see totally different image. Jesus almost stands, almost without the Mary’s support, holding only her left hand, and it seems that he is even ready to move away from the mother… Cheerful curious child, who recently learned to walk . And Maria is quietly looking down, as if aware of Jesus’ fate. Of course everyone of you can see the same artwork just differently, as well as all other great works shown in this museum. As always money (even 6 euros) is not the most decisive factor if you go around the world collecting your own gallery of beauty and history. If you are ready for such approach visit the Our Lady Church in Bruges by all means.
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

Very beautiful church with stuffing designs. The only con is we could not take a picture of The Madonna and Child

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