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Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Local name: Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk

The historic church draws attention with a mix of different architectural styles. The typically Gothic facade is complemented by a full Baroque interior divided into five naves. Adjacent to the temple tower over 115 m high, which is the second highest brick tower in the world.

In the church you can see numerous paintings and sculptures mainly from the seventeenth century. The most valuable works of art is the "Madonna of Bruges" by Michelangelo from 1504. This is one of the artist's few works outside Italy. In the presbytery on the main altar there are also tombs of the Prince of Burgundy, Karol Śmiał, and his daughter, Princess Maria. They are crowned with crowned bronze statues lying on black stone slabs.

The construction of the church lasted in stages from 1290 to 1549. It was built on the site of a chapel, dating from around 875. There is a legend saying that an even older chapel was founded here at least a century ago.


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    Mariastraat 8000 Bruges , Belgium