Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk en de Gravenkapel, Kortrijk

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Visit Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk en de Gravenkapel to see one of the oldest and most iconic buildings in the historical city of Kortrijk. Built in the year 1199 as part of the first castle of Kortrijk, the church has since played a large role in the history of the County of Flanders, surviving many battles and renovations. Step inside to admire the 17th-century Baroque interior contrasted by modern stained-glass windows. Visit the adjacent medieval Chapel of the Counts of Flanders, dating from 1374, to see paintings of the lineage of the former counts. Other treasures on display include Anthony van Dyck's painting, Raising of the Cross, and a 14th-century statue of St. Catherine. Put Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk en de Gravenkapel on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Kortrijk trip tool.
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  • Oldest church in Kortrijk. Contains replicas of the "golden spurs" captured from the French cavalry in the battle of 1302. Count's chapel with wall paintings depicting the Flemish counts. 
    Oldest church in Kortrijk. Contains replicas of the "golden spurs" captured from the French cavalry in the battle of 1302. Count's chapel with wall paintings depicting the Flemish counts.  more »
  • not to compare with a notre dame de Paris. but this monument is in same style and certainly worth to see as well from outside as inside when you pay a visit to the city. Inside are some paintings... 
    not to compare with a notre dame de Paris. but this monument is in same style and certainly worth to see as well from outside as inside when you pay a visit to the city. Inside are some paintings...  more »
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  • This is one of the oldest building in Kortrijk. It was built in the 12th century. What was interesting for me was the restored chapel with the many paintings of the portraits of the counts of Flanders. It is worth following a guided tour on those chapel and the church as the history and the many unanswered questions about the portraits are highlighted.
  • This church was such a surprise! Inside you can learn about the history of the 1302 battle between the French and Flanders via an awesome visual and audio display (available in multiple languages). After viewing the film which plays every half hour, you can learn more via interactive panels. The whole thing was free and was one of the best things I’ve done in Belgium so far. Takes about an hour if you want to do everything thoroughly. Some sections were a little bit repetitive about the battle, but still interesting. I hope in the future they create more content about other parts of the city’s history, as they have executed this so well. Really couldn’t believe the quality of the displays for something that is free, wonderful to see.

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