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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  • Almost hidden in a corner of the Burg, to find and admire. Inside is lovely and decorated with frescoes. Touching the relic of the blood.
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  • Up is a vial brought back by a Flemish knight from the Crusades in the Holy Land said to contain the blood of Christ but you don't have to touch it.  more »
  • This is the place where Christ' blood is. Beware that the church is closing for lunch hours, so check it before planning your visit.  more »
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  • To see the holy blood, you should be there in specific time when church demonstrates it. We saw it around 14. There is a short queue for it as it is shown in the picture. The holy boold is inside a glass box and you may touch the box for seconds and pray. It is done 1 by 1 in a raw. No entrance fee and no compulsion to pay donations.
  • Small but beautiful. You can see the real blood of Jesus Christ, and it will be the most valuable exprience for believers.
  • The blood of Christ is supposed to be here. Regardless of what you believe the church is marvellous. Entry is free.
  • Been many, many times to Bruges, always find something we haven't done, this time the Basilica, amazing, workmanship and dedication are very special, another must see.
  • Delightful minor basilica with an ancient relic. Well worth a visit.

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