At Church of Our Lady in Bruges, you will find Michelangelo’s Madonna and Child marble sculpture. It is, I think, the most prized possession of this Church. In Dutch, it is called Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk. Good luck if you can read that! 😀 A visit to Bruges isn’t complete without visiting this place of worship built in a span of three centuries: 13th, 14th, and 15th. The tower is still the highest structure in this medieval city and you can see it from anywhere around.
Inside Church of Our Lady. Last summer, the church was under renovation. Many of the artworks and areas are closed to the public. However, Michelangelo’s Madonna and Child is in full view for every curious visitor. It’s a small sculpture, unlike his David in Florence and Pieta in the Vatican which are of colossal sizes.
How Madonna and Child Reached Bruges. The sculpture was said to be intended for Siena Cathedral in Italy. This art piece was bought by two Belgian merchants from Italy and was donated to the church in 1514.
Also, See. The black tombs of famous Belgian people, inside the church, are pretty interesting. They are detailed and look creepy, too. Look at those tiny statues – they look like they’re alive and staring back at you. 😀 Don’t also miss the incredible paintings and the colorful stained glass windows.
Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk / Church of Our Lady in Bruges
Where to Stay in Bruges
I didn’t sleep there for a night in Bruges. I went there for a day only, getting on a train from Brussels. You can explore the city on foot and do it with your own walking tour, as I did. If you want to take the time in exploring the city, you can book some of the affordable accommodations here.