Adornesdomein & Jeruzalemkerk

Adornesdomein & Jeruzalemkerk, Bruges

Adornesdomein & Jeruzalemkerk

Adornesdomein & Jeruzalemkerk
4.5
Monday
10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 18:00
About
The Adornes Domain is an authentic medieval estate, a unique religious site and a fascinating cultural heritage dating back to the Middle Ages. Having been in the hands of the same family for nearly 600 years, the history of the domain is not only truly remarkable but the site is also extremely well preserved. A visit takes about 45 minutes and includes a twelve minute film and historical explanations in the Adornes Museum (situated in the almshouses), the extraordinary Jerusalem Chapel (loosely inspired by the Holy Sepulchre Church of Jerusalem), and the Pieter's Gallery. The visit ends in the cosy and elegant Scottish Lounge were one can relax with coffee, tea, cake and soft drinks. There is also a well-stocked gift, souvenir and book shop. The domain also organises regular events including temporary contemporary art exhibitions, evening nocturnes and concerts (see website for info). Private guided tours of the estate and of the family house can be arranged by appointment only.
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Neighbourhood: St-anna
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juliet1954
loughborough11 contributions
Amazing and unique place..
Jan 2020
This is the most extraordinary and magical chapel. I'm a bit of a church fiend but have never seen anything quite like this. Very beautiful with a fascinating history. The museum is informative and the tea room is a delight, tea, coffee and cakes only but wonderfully comfy. Go visit.
Written 13 January 2020
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Blue
Henley-on-Thames, UK113 contributions
Spoiled by no heating in the video room
Jan 2020
The video focussed on the family history and the church was well worth watching but we visited on a freezing cold day, January 5th, and it really spoiled the enjoyment. The Scottish lounge on the other hand where you can purchase Walkers Shortbreads and other delicious Scottish products was toasty. As we had paid 8 euros each for the visit we felt both should have been heated not just the one where you can spend more money. It was an interesting visit but overpriced for what's there.
Written 13 January 2020
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Jordan L
Washington DC, DC132 contributions
Welcome change of pace
Dec 2019 • Solo
This family property isn’t a far distance from city center and is well worth the walk. I especially enjoyed a break from the crowds and bursting sidewalks. I was out this way to buy vintage lace around the corner. Watch the short video in the museum for background on the family and building of the chapel. If the video isn’t in your language when you walk in, wait til those watching finish and select your language. The roof of the tower was stunning. I could’ve looked at it for days and marveled. The Scottish Lounge was a perfect place to take a break to regroup and plan my next stop.
Written 11 January 2020
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eamf2017
Stoke-on-Trent, UK24 contributions
Small but well worth a visit
Jan 2020
My husband and I visited here as part of our visit to Bruges. It is small and there are not a lot of exhibits, but it is a very gratifying experience nonetheless. The story of it the Adornes family , how they sought to model this chapel on the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and how they made their name in Bruges society is quite fascinating. Afterwards you can sit in the 'Scottish Lounge' and have a coffee, which they trust their 'guests' to pay for. Despite the small size we found a couple of hours passed remarkably quickly.
Written 6 January 2020
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SalMTravels
Amsterdam, The Netherlands499 contributions
Perfect out of the way church to visit
Dec 2019
The history of the Adornes is very interesting and the fact that it is so well documented, is amazing. Especially to Americans whose history is not nearly as long. There actually isn't much to see, but it's worth visiting if you want something out of the way and interesting and historic. Take the 5 minutes to watch the video on the family and the church. There is a gold cross, artifact from one of the Adornes visits to the Jerusalem that is said to contain a piece of the Jesus' crucifix. Don't know if true but pretty interesting.
Written 29 December 2019
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devillegirl
Corby, UK30 contributions
Private Chapel
Dec 2019
Has a museum is dedicated and remains in the Adornes family. There is with a video explaining the history of the family. The chapel is lovely with a small crypt behind it.
Written 27 December 2019
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Gill O
Warwickshire97 contributions
Dunnett fans will especially love this!
Dec 2019
As a long-time fan of Dorothy Dunnett's "Niccolo" series, partly set in fifteenth century Bruges and with the then-owner of this place as a key character I was very eager to see this - and was not disappointed. The church itself is a gem, with tombs of the founder and his wife and the imitation of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, while there is a fascinating display about Adorne himself and his role in the Golden Age of Bruges. You can have refreshments in the Scottish lounge, reminding us of the links Dunnett made so much use of. Friendly staff too. Slightly away from the really crowded tourist areas, but well worth the walk - even if you have yet to meet DD!
Written 10 December 2019
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PandK_68
Olney, UK112 contributions
Lovely reflection away from the hustle and bustle
Dec 2019
Visited the Jerusalem Chapel when in Brugge. The lady who gave us the guides for the Chapel and small museum was extremely passionate about the history of the place and the families continuing residency there. The story of the chapel and its construction and continuing legacy was fascinating and the chapel itself was absolutely lovely. Would highly recommend taking the short walk from the city centre and spend an hour in this lovely quiet area of Brugge.
Written 9 December 2019
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Jennifer_L_R_T
Oxfordshire, UK141 contributions
True Gem- Don’t miss it
Oct 2019 • Couples
We wondered across the Jerusalem Chapel when we were walking to the windmills and I am so glad we did! Don’t hesitate to play the entrance fee- it’s stunning! This is the chapel from the movie In Bruges. They are very sweet and earnest at the ticket booth. They are rather modest about the wonder of the chapel. The chapel has been in the same family for 700 years. They have built a replica of the Holy Sepulchre and have a slice of the true cross. The man who finished it traveled all over Europe and the Middle East before being killed at the court of King James the III in Scotland!
Written 1 November 2019
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LondonColin
London14 contributions
An extraordinary piece of history, offering a moment of peace.
Oct 2019
Not many tourists bother to walk the short distance from the city centre, but it is well worth it. The little garden is a delightful peaceful oasis, and sitting in the conservatory having a very reasonably priced cup of coffee, paid for with an 'honesty box', is a lovely opportunity to reflect on ones visit to Bruges and plan the day ahead.
The 600 year old family chapel and tomb are extraordinary, and the history is explained in a small museum with a fascinating video with a choice of five languages.
Not expensive.
Written 17 October 2019
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  • Sat - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
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