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First Sunday after lock-down, Bruges completely empty, no people on street

Our Lady church, the most beautiful from Bruges

Construction history
The first church in this place, a Carolingian chapel, dates from circa 875. In the archives of the church, the foundation is dated to the year 741 and attributed to Boniface, but this claim is questionable, since the oldest patronymic dates back to his companion Hilarius. . The chapel depended on the Sint-Maartenskerk in Sijsele, which in turn owned the Dom van Utrecht. In 1116 the chapel separated from Sijsele and became the main church of an independent parish. Presumably, therefore, the building was rebuilt and expanded under Charles the Good.

The construction of the current church started from about 1230. The oldest part, the central aisle, was built in Tournai stone, in the typical Scheldt Gothic. The influence of the Scheldt Gothic, with the two typical stair towers and the use of blue stone, can also be recognized on the front and west facades. The choir and apse, built between 1270 and 1280, radiate the classic French Gothic style, but completely in brick. The northern beech was built in 1370 and the southern beech in 1450. Around 1465, the Paradise Portal was built in Brabant Gothic.

The tower of the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk is the tallest building in the city of Bruges. The first tower collapsed in 1163 and was rebuilt between about 1270 and 1340; the spire was only added in the 15th century and rebuilt in the 19th century. The use of brick is typical of the coastal Gothic. The church has five naves. In the center of the central aisle, the three-part hall divides the church into two parts: the high choir and the nave. The apostle statues are from the 17th century.

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13/06/2020 11:08:43
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