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St Walburgha’s Church

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St Walburgha’s Church

February 22, 2016 - 16:09
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An amazing baroque Jesuit church, a little outside the central city, but an easy walk and well worth a visit. The inside is incredible with very stunning views. A very beautiful, light and airy baroque monument, wonderful in black and white marble, full of light and music.

Impressive for how huge and beautiful this church is. Baroque in the style and only a short walk from the city center. This is certainly one of the most interesting monuments of Bruges. Don't pass by, it is one of the highlights of Bruges! The stone façade was inspired by the Church of the Gesù in Rome. The structure of the church consists of an aisled nave of seven bays and built-in choir with one bay and an apse. The building was constructed with bricks while sandstone was used for the façade.

Definitely a great place to chill for a while and contemplate the universe...

This is must-see for visitors to Bruges. St. Walburga's is a symphony of black and white marble. This Jesuit church was built by Pieter Huyssens in the middle of the 17th century and was originally dedicated to St. Francis Xavier . The image of this holy still adorns the austere facade. The white marble communion rails were made by Hendrik Frans Verbrugghen in 1695. These rails are a high point of Flemish Baroque sculpture. The confessionals in classicizing style date from 1802. The oak choir stalls and communion rails are from the 18th century. The organ case was commenced in 1735 by Frenchman Cornil Cacheux and completed by Jean Baptiste Fremat in 1739. It is decorated with statues of graceful women and Jesus on the Globe.

 

 

A must if you like old music.

Wonderful acoustics make this a popular venue for concerts and organ recitals. Each year the church is the venue for some baroque concert of the Musica Antiqua Festival. In summer glorious classical music recitals are offered free to church visitors. Location: Sint-Maartensplein Time information: Monday - Sunday 10:00 am - 13:00 pm / 14:00 pm - 18:00 pm All photos © M. Willems for visit-bruges.be