A walk that leads you from Mary of Burgundy, past Michelangelo’s Madonna with child and the more that 300 statues of Our Lady that grace as many houses. Discover the many legends and tales with Mary in the leading role and why Bruges is called the city of Mary or city of Our Lady.
Walk of 2 hours: 100 euro
- Trip Outline
Bruges has more than one link with Mary. In the 16th century Enea Piccolomini, the later pope Pius II, visited Bruges and was so impressed with the numerous statues of Mary that graced the facades of the houses, that he named Bruges ‘City of the virgin Mary’. Bruges still carries that name with pride and today you can find more than 300 statues that grace the facades of houses in the centre of Bruges. Many statues hide a story that gives you an interesting insight in the lives of medieval Bruges. Our Burgundian duchess Mary of Burgundy was loved by the people of Bruges but lived a short and dramatic life. Her life and death are important milestones in the history of Bruges. She and her father are remembered with beautiful tombs in the highest church of Bruges, where you also find the world famous statue of the Madonna by Michelangelo. We don’t want you to miss out on the highlights of Bruges that spice up this walk.
Generally my tours take two hours walking through the city. The start, end and route of the tour can be customized to your needs and wishes. We can for instance pick you up at your hotel, the train station, your breakfast or lunch place. Each walk can be extented and sites you really do not want to miss can be included. Each walk can be further personalized according to your interest and background knowledge without any extra charge, making each tour a unique and personal experience.
As a local of Bruges I know all the ins and outs of the city. Visiting Bruges should feel like visiting a friends hometown knowing there is someone to answer all your questions, be them historical or practical. I will be more than happy to advise you and to answer any questions you may have about your stay in the city.