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Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk, Bruges

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#4 of 21 in Historic Sites in Bruges
Church Tourist Spot
Discover Michelangelo's world-famous sculpture, "Madonna and Child," in Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk. Michelangelo created the sculpture, carved from white marble, in about 1504, and it found its home in this church in 1514. With a tower 122.3 m (401.25 ft) tall, the ornate church is the tallest building in the Bruges. Along with "Madonna and Child," the church features many works of religious art, as well the tombs of several prominent figures in the city's history. You can admire the bronze effigies of Valois, Duke of Burgundy, and his daughter, Duchess Mary, alongside the tomb of Charles the Bold. Make Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk a centerpiece of your Bruges vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Bruges trip itinerary maker.
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  • Worth paying to see the interior, especially the Madonna and the tombs. Also some nice stained glass.  more »
  • If you're reading this review you probably already know that there is a Michaelangelo sculpture in the church. It is smaller than I expected and it is easy to miss if you don't specifically look for i...  more »
  • I did not think if I could see such an original Michelangelo statue very far from Florence. Michelangelo made a very beautiful and special statue.  more »
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  • Tickets for visiting cannot be bought anymore at the side entrance of the Church. You now have to go and queue at the Old Saint John's Hospital, together with those looking to vist the Hospital ... The tourists I was with, thought that was "not worth the soup", and we just skipped the visit to the Church ... Where are the days when you visited the church freely (in all senses of the word) ?
  • Very nice place, this is a monument you need to visit when you come at Bruges for only 4 euros.
  • Old church with a museum. Walls adorned with paintings. Michelangelo's madonna and the child is here.
  • Rich collection of historical pieces however, you are only able to look at Michelangelo's statue from afar. You will not see much of it.
  • Nice church. Was under construction when I visited. But at least I could see the beautiful sculpture of Michelangelo.

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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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