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Unusual mix of darkness and beauty

Lost in time – that’s how you feel in the heart of Bruges, Europe’s best preserved medieval city. This is a dreamy city that could convert the most modern poet into a romantic: nothing upsets the peace and equilibrium of this medieval destination - no high rises, rare neon lights and hardly any blights of modern development. A waffle stall on every corner, romantic carriages on every street, and an airy main square with 47 chiming bells are just some of the city’s unique features.

Church of Our Lady.Wolfgang Staudt / CC BY-SA 3.0
Church of Our Lady.sailko / CC BY-SA 3.0

Church of Our Lady (Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk)

Church of Our Lady (Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk)

Famous Home of rare beauty and treasures

Home of rare beauty and treasures Editors' Note

The Church of Our Lady is home to a vast array of art treasures. The building itself being a work of craftsmanship which took over two centuries to build. The church is also the second tallest brickwork tower in the world, an engineering feat of its time.

One work housed here, which makes this site so unique, is Michelangelo’s Madonna and Child marble statue. So few of his works have ever left Italy, visitors here are sometimes stunned to see it. Jan van Mouskroen purchase this piece of history and donated it to the church in 1506. Other interesting residents of the church include; Charles the Bold and Duke of Burgundy, side-by-side bronze tomb sculptures, and the Crucifixion of Christ painting by Anthony van Dyck.

Church of Our Lady (Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk)
Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk Zuid, 8000 Bruges
+32 50 34 53 14
Mon-Fri 9-12:30pm and 1:30-5pm; Sat 9-12:30pm and 1:30-4pm; Sun 1:30-4pm