☆ Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk ☆
Bruges’ most striking church, with a rocket-like spire in the austere style of Scheldt Gothic.. It’s really a strange architectural mishmash and was built over two centuries from 1220 onward..
The interior has been tinkered with ceaselessly since the 13th century.. essentially Gothic, with Baroque flourishes to its statues and extravagant pulpit (1743)..
Its outstanding treasure is Michelangelo’s Madonna and Child, donated by a wealthy merchant in 1514.. – a work that came here by virtue of Bruges’ close links to Renaissance Italy..
The church’s museum includes the beautiful tombs, rich in contemporary detail, of Charles the Bold (1433–77), Duke of Burgundy, and his daughter Mary (1457–82)..Mariastraat
Open 9am–12:30pm & 1:30–5pm
Mon–Fri, 9am–12:30pm & 1:30–4pm Sat, 2–5pm Sun Admission charge for museum (church free)