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Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk, Bruges
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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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  • This church has the highest arrow of Bruges (115 m high) built A brick inside is a very rich collection of Grand Masters, like the marble of the Madonna statue of Michel Angel and many children (David, Michel Angel...) The mausoleums of Mary of Burgundy and Charles the bold
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  • We’ve wanted to visit for ages since seeing the Madonna & child in the movie “The Monuments Men”. I wish we could have got closer to the statue than viewing from a distance across the altar, but under...  more »
  • The beautiful marble madonna by Michelangelo, only sculpture to have left Italy with Michelangeo still alive, is alas just visible from far away, than the size of the piece, '' hidden '' behind a sheet of glass: how to expose it makes it practically impossible to appreciate it.
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  • Currently undergoing a major refurbishment so quite a lot of the building is off limits to the public. Go and see Michelangelo's Madonna and Child. There are some wonderful baroque works of art throughout. The architecture is breathtaking inside and out. As with most places in Bruges, avoid the weekends if you can unless you like being trampled by tourists.
  • One of my favourite places in bruges is near here where you can view the church. Most go, gr8 photo opportunities . But some of it is under construction. I did not go in.
  • An interesting building from the exterior, it did not seem worth going inside as it has clearly been given little care over the years, is very gloomy and is undergoing significant restoration work inside which detracts. In its current state it lacks the charm other churches in the area have, so I would suggesting giving it a miss until after the works when it would be worth reassessing.
  • Lovely building from the outside. The inside is undergoing renovation so you don't get to see much inside.
  • Although it is not the most beautiful Church in Europe, it is definitely worth wile a visit. Chagall vitrines deserve it. The story about the Church is also interesting.