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This Protestant church, built in 1520, and recognised as such in 1576,1817 and 1953, is in the centre of Bruges near the market. In 1984 it moved to “’t Keeske” in Keer street. The name ‘ t Keerske comes from the guild of “keesengieters” or candle- makers who had a chapel in the church in the 16 th century. Another name for this chapel is the chapel of St Peter which was built in the 11th century by order of Robert de Fries, Count of Flanders. It was built over the crypt of Saint Catherine.
The funeral service of Charles the Good, Count of Flanders was held here after his assassination in 1127. At the start of the 14th century the crossbowmen held the chapel and at the end of the 16th century it was the turn of the candle- makers.
The church was renovated in the 18th century though it continued to be used as a dance- hall, boxing arena and warehouse. From 1938 the association of guides rented the chapel. Since 1960 it has been classed as a historical monument.
It was then restored and from 8th December 1984 it has been used by the Protestants and the Anglicans.
Together with the deanery of Bruges, Open Churches released a brochure describing a walk through Bruges, guiding you along the 11 principal churches in the town centre. The 9 km route invites you to walk in the footsteps of the pastors of our faith. You can explore the splendour and grandeur of our religious heritage and discover the legends and tales which surround the life of our saints and patron saints.