We are planning a day trip to Bruges in Aug. '14. We are excited to visit the Church of Our Lady to view The Madonna. However, I read that the church is revovating and may be closed for a time. The church website wasn't very clear. Has anyone visited? Another website I should try?
With the website you mean?: www.onzelievevrouwkerk.be is indeed not very informative about the renovation, as usual they do this step by step and try to keep the church open as much as possible. I think best is to fill in the contactform and ask the question directly to them.
Thank you for such a quick reply. Yes, that was the site I referred to. I have sent an email but did not receive a reply. I have researched further, and found out that, though most if the church is off limits, we will still be able to view the Madonna. Thanks again!
I was in Brugge in December, the church was undergoing restoration but you could go in to see the Madonna and some other parts of the church. It seems the restoration is being done in one small area at a time.
From the Official Bruges TI site (http://visitbruges.be):
"The Church of Our Lady is currently undergoing major restoration. During this period, the church is only partially accessible, and many artworks are not visible. From the beginning of 2014, for a period of almost two years, the chancel and the tombs will be closed to the public. During the restoration, the ticket price will be reduced from € 6 to € 2."
Thanks, Zoe. I was looking for specific info like yours. The website just wasn't that specific.
You're welcome Joy.
You are welcome, Joy. I think the Madonna may be moved to a different place in the church if necessary, but she's traveled a lot (The Monuments Men, book is better than the film).
looks like your question was answered
I live near Bruges and I'm studying to become a city guide there. The church is indeed in renovation and most of the art work is covered. The Madonna however is kept behind a glass window for safety and therefore doesn't need covering. It is very well done though. The glass is invisible to see and therefore you can take perfect pictures. The entrance is indeed 2 euros but due to the renovations it is the only piece of art you can see.