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“Tim Burton would love this place!”

Jerusalem Church (Jeruzalemkerk)
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Bruges Day Trip from Amsterdam Including Bruges Walking Tour
Ranked #22 of 153 things to do in Bruges
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“Tim Burton would love this place!”
Reviewed 17 February 2012

This is a totally macabre church next to the Lace Museum featuring an imitation of Jesus's tomb and body. Not to be missed for its unique character and dark atmosphere!

Visited February 2012
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Bruges, Belgium
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“If you have the cance to go in there, don't hesistate”
Reviewed 9 February 2012

The Jerusalem Church is in private hands and not open that much. When you pass by and you see you can visit it, take your chance! It is a unique church, on of a kind. There's a very special and mystique atmosphere in there.

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London, United Kingdom
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“Brilliantly wierd - highlight of trip”
Reviewed 2 February 2012

Go to the back to see the replica of the tomb of christ.

Visited November 2011
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Houston, Texas
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43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Don't waste your Euro.”
Reviewed 4 January 2012

Unless of course, you are obsessed with lace. The church itself is a site to see though.

Visited December 2011
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Manchester, UK
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“A fascinating 15th-century church in almost its original condition”
Reviewed 10 December 2011

My visit actually took place in 2010. The Jeruzalemkerk, situated to the north of the town centre and appropriately enough in Jeruzalemkerkstraat, was built in the first half of the 15th century by the Adornes family, originally traders from Genoa. It is one of Belgium's few remaining privately owned churches. It was modelled on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, and its bizarrely-shaped tower (spire? dome?) shaped like an elongated hexagon with a mini-tower at each side and a ball-shaped embellishment on top, finished with a wrought metal Cross of Jerusalem, invites further inspection. Inside, the church is quite small, so that you think you will be in and out in half an hour, but when we visited, quite by chance, half an hour before it closed for lunch (which it does for two hours at midday) we felt as though we had not seen enough when we had to leave. We had to return on a future occasion.
The glowing stained glass windows are 15th-century and represent different members of the Adornes family. The altarpiece is of sculpted stone and represents the field of Golgotha with skulls and the instruments of the Passion. On a tomb in front of this is the figure of Anselm Adornes and his wife. Information about the church is also available in the Lace Museum shop next door.
This is a chance to experience a truly old place of worship and explore its many nooks and crannies. You can combine it with a visit to the Lace Museum in an adjacent building. This has many old lace items hanging on its walls which show the true skill involved in creating it (most of the lace in the souvenir shops is mass produced and machine-made. If it were not so, supply could never keep pace with demand), and perhaps also how the art of lace making has evolved over time.
The Jeruzalemkerk is an example of "much in little" and if you have an interest in old buildings in general and churches in particular, you should certainly take the opportunity to visit.

Visited June 2011
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