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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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Where to stay in Bruges

Bruges' tiny city center is the place to be when staying in the medieval town. Don't stray too far from the World Heritage Site when looking for accommodations, and make sure to book in advance, as the historical city center attracts visitors in droves. As a hugely popular tourist destination, Bruges has no shortage of accommodations in varying price ranges. You'll find everything from backpacker hostels to upscale hotels here.
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  • I've been to Bruges on numerous occasions but never walked over here. That was a mistake. Very enjoyable visit. The historical family aspect gives it some added interest, but the church itself is love...  more »
  • Me and my mum travel to Jerusalem for pilgrims. The travel agent organised our trip and the tour guide was absolutely awesome. Love the country I love the people. GOD bless all.  more »
  • Interesting church with skulls on a frieze behind the altar. Built by a family based on a trip to Jerusalem.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Very cool church that is a replica of the original. We were there for the mid winter festival.
  • Totally worth the visit