There's no shortage of notable churches in Bruges, but you probably don't want to spend all your time visiting them. Anyone with a particular interest in churches, however, should try to visit at least a few of these.
The magnificent Sint-Walburgakerk (St. Walburga's Church), in Sint-Maartensplein (1619-43), is one of the few baroque monuments in this Gothic-fixated city. It has a satisfying amount of marble and a notable altar, pulpit, and communion bench. Sint-Walburgakerk was the Jesuit church of Bruges until 1774.
The wealthy Adornes merchant family constructed the Jeruzalemkerk (Jerusalem Church), Peperstraat 3, beside the Lace Center, between 1471 and 1483, along the lines of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. A replica of Christ's Tomb is in the crypt underneath the choir. The admission to the Lace Center allows you to visit this church as well.
Also owing much of its ornamentation to wealthy benefactors is Sint-Jakobskerk (St. James's Church) in Sint-Jakobsplein. This heavy-looking 15th-century Gothic construction has an intricately carved wooden pulpit, with figures at the base representing the continents.
Founded in 1276 as a hospice, Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie (Our Lady of the Pottery), Potterierei 78-79, is now a seniors' home. Part of it houses the Potterie Museum (tel. 050/44-87-11), which has a collection of tapestries, 15th- to 17th-century furniture, silverware, religious objects, books, and early Flemish paintings. The adjoining 14th-century church, with a fine baroque interior, was the Potters Guild chapel. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30am to 12:30pm and 1:30 to 5pm (closed Jan 1, Ascension Day afternoon, and Dec 25). Admission is 2.50€ ($4) for adults, 2€ ($3.20) for seniors, 1€ ($1.60) for those ages 6 to 25, and free for children 5 and under.
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