Begijnhofkerk Sint Elisabeth (St. Elisabeth Church)

Begijnhofkerk Sint Elisabeth (St. Elisabeth Church), Bruges

Begijnhofkerk Sint Elisabeth (St. Elisabeth Church)

Begijnhofkerk Sint Elisabeth (St. Elisabeth Church)
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differentname
Woodbridge, CT2,596 contributions
...but it is theirs....
Sep 2018
It may not get high ratings, but it is a special place of worship and to be with God... And for those who care.... it matters....
Written 13 August 2019
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Dan W
Portland, OR1,970 contributions
A Nice Historic Church
Jun 2019 • Couples
On my guided walking tour of Bruges and also on my guided bicycle tour we visited Begijhof in Bruges, and included this little church as part of our resting point. It really is worth stepping into St. Elisabeth Church for a quick visit. The church dates back to 1245 and while the exterior and facade are unassuming, the interior is quite special, featuring amazing architecture and a fascinating gilded figure of the Madonna flanked by Solomonic columns. Worth a few minutes to explore.
Written 23 July 2019
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retireeVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,652 contributions
Quite ordinary - a photo stop is sufficient time
Apr 2019 • Couples
Sint Elizabeth Church, located in the Begijnhof, is named after the holy Elizabeth of Hungary who supported many beguinages. This plain red brick church has only one statue on its exterior facade and that is of St.Elizabeth placed over the one entry door. Inside, the church is also quite ordinary with its white washed walls, high altar with a tall religious painting, dark wood choir pews and pulpit, some stained glass in the arched windows, and rows of chairs for the worshipers. The church is not large and is not adorned with ornamental architecture. Two other high altars appear in the narrow side naves. Pay attention to the altar on the right as a treasured 13th century gillded wood carving of the Madonna and Child is on display underneath the altar painting.

There has been a church in this location for centuries; the present one dates to the 1600s. It still is a practicing church served by the Benedictine nuns who now live in those white washed 16th -17th century rowhouses across the grassy courtyard from the church. The church and the rowhouses, located at Wijngaardplein, have been claimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Even so, if time is limited and you are already in the city's center, omit a side trip to take photos of the Begijnhof - it's a long walk - and spend that time visiting the core attractions around the 2 city squares.

We visited this attraction on a city walking tour that started at the coach drop off at Bargeplein, continued through Minnewater Park with a short stop at the Begijnhof, and, then, ended after a long walk to the city center where we visited more prominent attractions.
Written 30 May 2019
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Richard N
105 contributions
Inviting Location
Apr 2019 • Friends
When we were in Bruges, we walked through much of the old town. St. Elizabeth Church is on the southern end of Bruges and is an attractive structure. Unfortunately, we did not have the time to explore the interior. It is in the Minnewaterpark which is a relaxing area which we found to be delightful to walk through.
Written 29 May 2019
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SevenoaksSinjun
Sevenoaks, UK1,525 contributions
Church in the Beguinage
Feb 2019 • Couples
This is a small church on the edge of the grounds at the Beguinage, not too far from Minnewater park. It's worth a quick look if you're in the area as it is quite old, but it's not as ornate as the bigger churches in town.
Written 19 March 2019
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China133,071 contributions
Historic church at Begijhof
Dec 2018 • Couples
When visiting Begijhof in Bruges, it is worth stepping into St. Elisabeth Church for a quick visit. The church dates back to 1245 and has worth a quick look-see. Opening hours are 6.30am to 6.30pm daily.

The church exterior and facade is unassuming. The interior is simple yet attractive, featuring a central nave and two side chapels. Importantly, the right hand chapel includes a gilded figure of the Madonna flanked by Solomonic columns. The main altar is also attractive and worth spending a few minutes to enjoy.

You can conveniently visit St. Elisabeth Church in 10-15 minutes or so and then continue onward with other intended sightseeing around Bruges.
Written 5 January 2019
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Jackii O
8 contributions
Not welcoming to visitors
Sep 2018
I wanted to stay for the service but a member of staff told me that she had not seen me before and that I could not sit with the main congregation. She seemed to approach a few people. It was quite upsetting as I usually feel welcome in most churches. One of the nuns then tried to usher me in but I was too embarrassed. So I stayed in the back corner seperate from the congregation, where it was hard to hear.
Written 23 September 2018
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tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA1,342 contributions
St. Elisabeth Church
May 2018 • Friends
Pretty church with stained glass windows and a pretty altar. Not as impressive as many of the other churches, and not worth going out of your way to see, but worth a quick look inside as you pass by.
Written 3 June 2018
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Trainbleu
Brussels, Belgium22,890 contributions
Beware of rude tour guides
Mar 2018 • Friends
As a church, the small St. Elisabeth’s beguinage church, or ‘Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van Troost van Spermalie’ (Our Lady of Consolation of Spermalie), as it is called in full, is nothing special. The exterior is a mix of late gothic and Baroque elements. The interior is simple, with furnishings (altars, choir stalls, confessionals, pulpit, wall-panelling, paintings) dating mostly from the 17th and the 18th century. From a former church destroyed by fire, only a Romanesque Madonna and child statue survives. It has been gilded and looks rather odd.

But as we entered, just before 11 a.m., we saw a frail, elderly lady ringing the church bell by pulling a rope hanging from the ceiling. It was not a beguine - the last one left in 1927 - but one of the Benedictine nuns now living in the beguinage. Shortly afterwards, three nuns started to sing a hymn. The eerie sound in the empty church gave us the impression that history had come to live. Until a guide stormed in with a group of tourists and did his thing. The charm was broken and we left precipitously.
Written 23 April 2018
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rayrest
London, UK7,248 contributions
Small pretty church
Mar 2018 • Couples
Fairly small church in the beguines and pretty close to the Minnewater park in Bruges. Located in Behijnhof where nuns pray. Nice to visit for 10 minutes.
Written 8 March 2018
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