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Church of Our Lady, Bruges

The soaring spire of the Church of Our Lady reflected in a Bruges canal. Photo © Dave Ciskowski. View all images in our Church of Our Lady Photo Gallery.
Exterior view from the south.
West front and towers, overlooking a narrow street.
Nave looking east towards the choir.
in the Church of Our Lady.

The soaring 119m (396-ft.) spire of the Church of Our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk) in Bruges can be seen from miles around.

What to See

It took two centuries (13th-15th) to build the church. Among the many art treasures of the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk is a beautiful Carrara marble Madonna and Child sculpture by Michelangelo.

This statue, made in 1504, was the only one of Michelangelo's works to leave Italy in his lifetime and is today one of the few that can be seen outside Italy. It was bought by a Bruges merchant, Jan van Mouskroen, and donated to the church in 1506.

The church also contains a painting of the Crucifixion of Christ by Anthony van Dyck and a rococo extravaganza of a pulpit, designed by Bruges artist Jan Antoon Garemijn.

Also impressive are the side-by-side bronze tomb sculptures of the Duke of Burgundy, Charles the Bold, who died in 1477, and his daughter, Mary of Burgundy, who died at age 25 after falling from her horse in 1482.

A windowpane under the tombs allows you to view the 13th- and 14th-century graves of priests.

Quick Facts on the Church of Our Lady

Site Information
Names:Church of Our Lady; Church of Our Lady, Bruges; Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk
Dates:13th-15th C
Visitor and Contact Information
Location:Bruges, Belgium
Coordinates:51.204638° N, 3.224659° E  (view on Google Maps)
Lodging:View hotels near this location
Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

Map of the Church of Our Lady

Below is a location map and aerial view of the Church of Our Lady. Using the buttons on the left (or the wheel on your mouse), you can zoom in for a closer look, or zoom out to get your bearings. To move around, click and drag the map with your mouse.

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Article Info

Title:Church of Our Lady, Bruges
Author:Holly Hayes
Last updated:01/19/2010
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