Church of our Lady

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Jctravel1983 on December 11, 2012

Bruges is a beautiful mediaeval town certainly worth the trip when in Belgium. We stayed here for the weekend and just had enough time to explore the whole town. The entire town is like a museum with beautiful old building, squares and parks that are breathtaking. It’s one of the most beautiful peaceful towns that I have been too but certainly not boring.

One of the most beautiful churches in Europe can be found in this town and is called the Church of our Lady. It’s one of the most impressive buildings I have seen. The church dates back all the way to the 13th century and it took them almost two centuries to build. You can clearly see they spend a lot of time building it as the details are amazing. The church reached a height of 381 feet making the tallest brick built spire in the world.

The building attracts many tourists wondering by its beautiful exterior but the inside is even more beautiful. First of all the atmosphere felt very serene and although I have seen churched that were more lavishly decorated, still church felt more intimate and special. The stain glass is absolutely beautiful but most people come here to admire the Michelangelo statue that can be seen inside the church. We learned that it was actually the only statue of Michelangelo to leave the city of Rome during his life. The alter can be seen at the front of the church and is simply a piece of art.

Since the building is quite famous in Belgium and most tourists know about the church, it can be very busy here. The entrance fee is about four euro’s but it’s certainly worth it and you help the church with the money you pay. It’s certainly a small price to pay. I would advise to come back during the night as the outside of the church is beautifully light up and is truly amazing to see.

The Church of our Lady is one of the most impressive churches I have seen and it’s certainly the most beautiful building to be found in Bruges. I gave it five stars but only because I can’t give anymore!
Church of our Lady
Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerkhof Zuid
Bruges, Belgium

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