Church of Our Lady & Statue of Madonna and the Child – Bruges, Belgium – Part 2

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The Madonna of Bruges depicts Mary with the infant Jesus. It is sculpted in marble.  The statue depicts a seated Mary with the toddler Jesus trying to take a step and being lightly supported by Mary’s left arm and leg. It is exactly what toddlers do when they have just learned to walk. It is a very comfortable and secure position for the child.
 
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Church of Our Lady & Statue of Madonna and the Child – Bruges, Belgium: Part 1

A good walk further south of the Markt Square, off Mariastraat is located the Church of our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk), famous for the amazing Michelangelo Sculpture of Madonna and the Child. The church dates back to the 13th century and even today this remains the tallest structure in the city with its tower at over 400 ft. (122m). This church has the tombs of Charles the Bold and his daughter the duchess Mary. Inside the church it’s magnificent. The artwork, the imposing high ceiling, the sheer feel of the place are amazing. You can actually “feel” the antiquity of the place. And of course the famed statue – it’s remarkable.
  
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