Location of Jerusalem Church, Bruges – Corner of Balstraat, Jerusalemstraat, Peperstraat, Rodestraat. These streets converge at this point. This falls on the route to see the windmills which can be done by taking the Stijn Streuvelsstraat from the church. Next to it is the Lace Centre where lace making demonstrations take place in the afternoon and also lace materials are available for purchase.
Privately owned, this church dates back to the 14th century when a chapel was built. The church was completed in 1470. It was built by the Adornes family who were merchants from Genoa in Italy. They came to Bruges in the 13th century. Even today the church is owned by their descendents.
The design of the church is supposed to have been taken from the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. In side the church is a tomb of Anselm Adornes and his wife, Vander Banck. The tomb is rather unsettling with embossed life sized images positioned as lying on their back. There is an artificial tomb here suggesting the tomb of Christ. This church also has stained glass windows dating back to 1482-1560 which provides a colorful relief for the interiors. The church does look its age. This church has largely been preserved as it was in the earlier centuries.
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