Bruges – Church of our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwkerk)

Religious constructions are incredible around the world and many have special features.

The construction of this church took place over centuries, from the 13th to the 15th century, and its opening occurred in 1210, more than 800 years ago.

Some distinctive elements to see in this religious refuge include:

  • The mausoleums of the Duke of Burgundy, Charles the Bold, and his daughter, Mary.
  • The sculpture of the Madonna of Bruges or the Virgin and Child by Michelangelo is made of white marble dating back to 1504.
  • Paintings

Charles I, the Bold, was an ambitious man looking to concur new territories and become king. He died at the age of 43, in 1477, during the Battle of Nancy. He rests in this church alongside his daughter, Mary of Burgundy, nicknamed the Rich,  who died unexpectedly at the age of 25 in 1482 after a tragic fall from her horse.

A little more discreet, it is also the resting place of Louis de Bruges, also known as Lord of Gruuthuse and Prince of Steenhuijs who was the trusted counselor of Charles the Bold.

The Gothic church is relatively imposing in the city of Bruges with its 115.6 meters (379ft) tower.

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