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Rue Mariastraat

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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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  • 4.0Atmosphere

Completed in the 15th century, the construction of this church took two centuries to construct, and the result is a soaring 381-foot brick spire (the largest in the world) that can be seen for miles. And there's another artistic treasure inside: Michelangelo's "Madonna and Child" sculpture. There are also tombs and a couple of mausoleums that are worth seeing. And just to clear any confusion, the church's name -- Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk -- translates into Church of Our Lady.

"The church itself is stunning, great architecture and a lovely place to spend some time," says one TripAdvisor user, who goes on to say, "They have recently begun charging to see the Madonna which seems a little unchristian to me!"

Admission is €4 EUR or about $5.50 USD for adults. You'll find it located just a six-minute walk from Markt. Monday through Saturday, the church is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday, it's open abbreviated hours from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the tourism bureau's website.

The church is currently undergoing renovations, so you might encounter closures.

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Located just south of the De Halve Maan Brewery, Minnewater Lake (which literally means "Lake of Love") is a charming body of water bookended by canals. There are park benches, weeping willows, walking paths and even swans that give the lake a lovely ambience. Some say the canalized lake is best viewed in autumn, when the willow leaves change color.

Most people agree that the Minnewater Lake is a must-see for its romantic atmosphere and pleasant views. However, some visitors weren't impressed, like this TripAdvisor user who says, "It's a pleasant enough stretch of water with nice paths and seats but I wouldn't fight my way past all the other things in Bruges to go there." Visitors also mention that there are a few good restaurants skirting the lake, one of which sells tasty waffles. 

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