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Address: Burg 11a, Bruges 8000, Belgium
Phone Number:
+32 50 44 87 11
09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The Brugse Vrije is the former law court of Bruges. It now houses written...

The Brugse Vrije is the former law court of Bruges. It now houses written history of Bruges as the city archives are based here. Take a walk through the old court to the renaissance hall, which was once the alderman's chamber. Here, the highlight is a monumental 16th century wood, marble, and alabaster fireplace known as the Emperor Charles V fireplace, designed by Lanceloot Blondeel. (tickets via Stadhuis)

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Amazing fireplace and mantlepiece

Well worth seeing and included in museum pass. Huge carved 16th century fireplace with almost life size figures carved in wood above and also marble and alabaster frieze.

Reviewed 11 April 2017
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Well worth seeing and included in museum pass. Huge carved 16th century fireplace with almost life size figures carved in wood above and also marble and alabaster frieze.

1 Thank hmc003
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

The Brugse Vrije was a rich agricultural region. The governing body of the Brugse Vrije was located at the Burg, the square in Bruges where both the civil and ecclesiastical administration were located. The now classified as heritage (1938) building still exists in this form and was used from 1795 to 1984 as a courthouse. Now the building on the... More 

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 7 January 2017

The Brugse Vrije is the 'vierschaar' (court of justice) room for Brugge. It is richly decorated with wood carvings of Charles V of Habsburg and his closest family members. There are some nice old paintings on the wall, and a green table as it used to be. The room can still easily be recognized in old paintings. I think that... More 

1 Thank RHAHJ
Dundee, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Very small 'museum' relating to the formation and implementation of the law in Bruges and Belgium. Well worth a visit if you have time to spare and is free entry if you pay to enter the Stadhuis.

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Lombard, Illinois
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Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

The tour guide explained that this was the former Hall of Justice. I assume that means it was a court building. It is very fancy for a court and is really a beautiful building. There is a lot to see in this square with the town hall and the blood of Christ.

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 October 2016

My wife spent a couple of days in Bruges (Brugge). We had purchased a multi-entry ticket, which for Euro 20 per person (regrettably no discount for seniors), turned out to be good value for money and covered a dozen museums and places of interest, including the Brugse Vrije, which is the former law court located adjacent to the Stadhuis in... More 

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Bracknell, England
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Reviewed 20 September 2016

There is a lot of history here in the artwork and carvings. The wood carvings above the fireplace are very intricate.

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Burnaby, Canada
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Reviewed 5 August 2016

This building was built in 1727. It was used as a courthouse from 1795 to 1984. Amazing amount of wood carvings (cod pieces) in one large room. There are also lots of paintings of Charles V and family. There is also an historic painting by Van Tilborgh, which shows the alderman’s chamber in session.

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Ghent, Belgium
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Reviewed 27 June 2016

This is just one room, the entrance is the same as for the city archive (stadsarchief), located next to the town hall, and nearby the holy blood chapel. The entrance to the museum (2 rooms) in the town hall includes also entrance to this room. The reason to go is the amazing carved chimney piece, with in the centre emperor... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 6 June 2016 via mobile

This sight is also covered by the Bruges museum pass. It is just one room and it was the former law court of Bruges. It has an over the top carved fireplace surround. There are also some interesting paintings in the rest of the room. We were given I pods that explains these additional features. Since it is only one... More 

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