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“Lovely Carvings” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Brugse Vrije

Brugse Vrije
Ranked #37 of 152 things to do in Bruges
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Brugse Vrije is the former law court of Bruges. It now houses written history of Bruges as the city archives are based here. Take a walk through the old court to the renaissance hall, which was once the alderman's chamber. Here, the highlight is a monumental 16th century wood, marble, and alabaster fireplace known as the Emperor Charles V fireplace, designed by Lanceloot Blondeel. (tickets via Stadhuis)
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Wirral England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
“Lovely Carvings”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2014

This small museum room is included as part of the Town Hall visitor ticket. The black marble chimney piece/fire surround is beautiful. The ceiling is amazing, so much wood and the carved oak panels paying homage to Emperor Charles V. are well worth taking a long look at to take in how much work was involved in the carvings. There are a few paintings in the room along with the Emperor's throne. If you like carved wood, this small room will amaze you.

Visited February 2014
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Tyler , TX
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“pretty”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2013

nice to walk by and see but, when we were not able to go in. we had a guise that told us a nice story about the location.

Visited June 2013
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Great woodcarving”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2013

Not a huge amount to see, but the carved fireplace is impressive. If your time is limited, not the number 1 attraction, but worth a look. Combined ticket with the Town Hall, which has some good bits.

Visited October 2013
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Solihull
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“Painting of the room in the room!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

A small museum next to the Stadthuis, formerly the courthouse with a superb painting of the court in session from century's ago showing that little had changed, other than the people. Magnificent fireplace and worth a few minutes on the museum pass

Visited August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Some fireplace”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

Very short visit required but worth a visit to see the most amazing fireplace. As with most of the buildings in Bruge great architecture to admire on the outside of the building.

Visited August 2013
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