The Adornes Estate and Jerusalem Chapel

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The Adornes Estate and Jerusalem Chapel

December 28, 2016 - 17:56

The Adornes Estate and Jerusalem Chapel, an authentic mediaeval domain in the heart of Bruges

The Adornes family The Adornes family originates from the Italian city of Genoa. When Opicius Adornes joined the retinue of the Count of Flanders in the thirteenth century, he moved to Flanders and started a new branch of the family tree. It soon became part of the Bruges aristocracy and played an important part in the administrative and economic life of the city. Its best-known descendant is Anselm Adornes, who in the fifteenth century became an influential businessman, diplomat and knight. In that same century, the family built up the Adornes estate, which consisted of a mansion, several almshouses and the Jerusalem Chapel. The Adornes estate The Adornes estate is still owned by the family today, which makes it quite exceptional.

The Count and Countess Maximilien de Limburg Stirum, now the seventeenth generation of the Adornes family, are consequently thoroughly dedicated to preserving this unique piece of Bruges heritage. They are also opening the estate to visitors, whom they wish to offer a fine historical and cultural experience, with particular attention to the intimate family nature of the place.

The Jerusalem Chapel The family chapel was consecrated in 1429 and was inspired by the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Its architecture, interior and unique relics provide an exceptional illustration of the Adornes family’s great reverence for Jerusalem. Even today, the family still celebrates religious events such as christenings in this consecrated Roman Catholic chapel. It is occasionally also the venue for classical concerts and talks on heritage and art. Almshouses In the almshouses you can learn about the life of the businessman, diplomat and knight Anselm Adornes in a film and an exhibition.

Adornes and the people of Bruges It’s hard to imagine Bruges without the Adornes estate. For almost 600 years it has been part of the lives of the city’s people. The estate is now also open for socio-cultural projects, and a particularly warm welcome awaits the inhabitants of Bruges. Tea with the family The Adornes family has always been very hospitable, and they are delighted to continue this tradition today. They do all they can to receive their guests in the most agreeable circumstances. For this reason they invite you to take refreshment in their ‘Scottish Lounge’ with its view of the garden, where you can reflect on your visit.


OPENING TIMES Adornes Museum, Jerusalem Chapel and shop Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm Closed on Sundays and holidays