Basilica of the Holy Blood, Bruges

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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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  • Beautiful ancient chapel on ground floor which is very peaceful. Head upstairs to an opulent church surprisingly spacious considering the facade. The holy blood/shroud is on display if that's your thi...  more »
  • We were lucky. There was nothing going on as we spontaneously went into the chapel. Thought only to pay the relic in the Treasury for the €2,50 entrance, is located. Figured wrong. Could be found for free. Would have paid but also money. The chapel was very nicely designed. Was worth it so.
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  • We have been in this beautiful town by accident and always by chance we entered the basilica. What a gem! and that moment of prayer!
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  • Nice small church with the blood of Jesus Christ on a small piece of cloth rolled up in a glass tube. If you want to see it, go around 2pm+, go up the stairs and join the queue. No photos allowed once you are nearing the platform. It's kind of expected of you to donate some money to see the blood. There's supposedly some museum downstairs but we didn't go
  • A beautiful and moving experience visiting this Basilica. I was pushing my elderly mother in a wheelchair and it was brilliantly accessible! Thankyou.
  • If you enjoy churches or architecture, this one is small, but very special. The stained glass is stunningly beautiful and the atmosphere of the building is really an experience, even if you are not Christian. The story of the order of the Holy Blood is also fascinating. The only thing I can't necessarily recommed is the adjacent 'museum' which is actually just one room with a couple of things too look at. Yes, it's only 2,50 EUR, but still...considering you can look at the cool stuff for free, we were a bit disappointed.
  • Impressive historic site even if you're not interested in the relic itself. The single room museum gives a good impression of how important the relic has been for the town.
  • Extremely beautiful for a free tour. The treasury room is definately worth paying for. It offers a humble collection of delicate relics worth seeing. Also the staff is very respectful, as they expect you to show respect for what you see in return.
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