Adornesdomein & Jeruzalemkerk, Bruges

Church · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Step into the world of a wealthy pilgrim in Adornesdomein & Jeruzalemkerk, which dates back to the 15th century. Comissioned by a Christian pilgrim recently returned from Jerusalem, the church is full of dark carved wood lit by dim lights. The most famous piece in the chapel is the altar, adorned with skulls and ladders, which recalls an early era in Christianity. This same altar made an appearance in the film "In Bruges." Visit the museum attached to the church where you can read information plaques in English on the church's history, as well as a brief history on the city of Bruges. The church and museum are small and don't take long to tour. Arrange to visit Adornesdomein & Jeruzalemkerk and other attractions in Bruges using our Bruges itinerary builder app.
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  • You can only visit the chapel, not the main church, but it is interesting and there are lots of historical exhibits as part of the complex. It is a bit of a hike from the part of town where...  more »
  • This museum is rather unique. It's really about the history of the family that owns the church and surrounding grounds. The history of the family intertwines nicely with European history over the...  more »
  • A very nice place and small chapel with lost of history. There is a short movie in the nearby museum that gives very useful background info. This chapel/church is in private hands but still owned by....  more »
  • Small and expensive compared to alternative sites in Bruges, but a unique medieval survival of an important chapel. There is an adjacent "museum", exhibition room, and sitting-room where you can relax with a coffee and snack.
  • A very interesting church with a lot of history and a small museum explaining this.The estate has been owned by the same family for centuries. There was a quirky cosy "Scottish Lounge" with honesty box where you could help yourself to drinks and cake / Scottish shortbread. Toilets also available.
  • There is something so beautifully humble about this church that words cannot do it justice.
  • Church was amazing, we got the place to ourselves to wander around. Within this church they have a part of the original holy cross and an alter of skulls and bones. And a replica of the tomb of Jesus christ is here as well. Honestly worth a few minutes walk from the centre!
  • If you get a chance this is tremendous.

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