Basilica of the Holy Blood, Bruges

Religious Site · Architectural Building
Basilica of the Holy Blood is best known for containing the relic of the Holy Blood, a cloth alleged to have Christ's blood on it. The relic dates to 1150, when Derrick of Alsace, the Count of Flanders, received the relic as a reward for his heroism during the second crusade. Built in the 12th century, this is the only Romanesque-style church in Bruges. The upper chapel has been renovated several times in a Gothic Revival style. Enter the lower chapel to view the ornate naves, sculptures, and relics dedicated to several saints. Climb the Renaissance-style staircase to the upper chapel, where you'll find the relic of the Holy Blood. Plan to visit Basilica of the Holy Blood during your Bruges vacation using our convenient Bruges online trip itinerary planner.
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  • It is small and a bit hidden in the corner of the Burg, but a must do when in Brugge. Because of COVID not a lot of other visitor. It took us 15mij to look around.  more »
  • Very beautiful exterior and interior decorations at and in this basilica of the Holy Blood. It consists of two chapels on top of each other. The lower chapel is the Saint Basil Chapel, which was...  more »
  • Well it is the big church in town, and if you are on a walking tour, or just walking around, this is a must. Take a look and enjoy the history.  more »
  • A very calm, serene, and nice church. It's quite beautiful, and I agree, you do not have to have a religious background to visit. Here you can see a rare relic of the blood of Christ on a small piece of cloth. They have a father in an altar showing the relic. You can make a donation if you want to the church before walking up the altar. They also have a small room with other items but I think you have to pay to see them.
  • Really shows the art style of the XII century (when it was built). To see the blood you have to atend a short ceremony (5 to 10 minutes) and you are able to place your hand above the Holy blood. For something 2000 years old, it's well preserved. Great experience, recommend!
  • A truly beautiful location. Regardless of your race or religion, seeing one of the world’s holiest sites is a special experience regardless of where you come from. I would highly recommend this place to any traveller.
  • Beautiful architecture inside and out. Depending on the crowds inside the church, it could be a good opportunity for a moment of quiet and contemplation. Worth stopping by if you’re visiting Bruges as a tourist.
  • The cathedral is super small. It is a bit unique both inside and out, and pretty inside. However I was not wow'd at all: there's not much to see. This is only worth visiting due to the significance of the cathedral.

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