Jerusalem Church (Jeruzalemkerk), Bruges

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Step into the world of a wealthy pilgrim in Jerusalem Church (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 Jerusalem Church (Jeruzalemkerk) and other attractions in Bruges using our Bruges vacation trip planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    This place is a must. Loads of fascinating history. Wonderful chapel. The little houses were knocked into one and inside were historical documents and an informative video. Well worth seeking this one...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Worth paying the 7 or 8 euros that charge by going to admire the strange Church that was built by some Genoese merchants from the 14th century, its layout is really strange, has a choir, the tomb of the Adornes and a strange gallery under the choir. Its Tower visible from many points of the city. The rest of the Museum is not worthwhile, but since you pay the entry, give you a return.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Actually the Jerusalem church and the Adorno domain are one wonderful piece and prove of medieval faith, courage, adoration, politics, arts, devotion and enterprise. First visit the movie, which gives...  more »
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  • April 4, 2017
    Beautiful family owned church. The Adornes family played a role in the city's history and the church is said to be a replica of the church in Jerusalem. Worth a visit.
  • November 27, 2015
    The church is part of a museum for a trader and knight who lived in Bruges. The museum is very nice if a bit small. The church is awesome and has a fantastic atmosphere. If you go here in the afternoon on a weekday you might find that you're the only one visiting which is a bit spooky but adds to the atmosphere.
  • April 5, 2016
    This tiny and very atmospheric church was used for the "Do I have to?" - "No, of course you don't f***ing have to. It's Jesus Christ's f***ing blood" scene in "In Bruges" because it's so much more shadowy and echoing than the real Basilica of the Holy Blood. Only a couple of minutes from the Sint-Anna Kerk and well worth a look while you're in that part of town.
  • December 13, 2015
    Very cool church that is a replica of the original. We were there for the mid winter festival.
  • January 3, 2016
    Totally worth the visit

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