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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  • 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.
  • Worthy of a look inside and also into the crypt. The painting of the church is truly a piece of art but as a non believer the payment of money to see the blood cloth watched over by an old priest and a mafiosa henchman is a bit too commercial for me.
  • We came here for a mass on Sunday at 11:00 and there was a quire from England visiting and it was something special. The church itself is beautiful and worth a visit. The church contains the relic of the blood of Christ. The priest gets angry if you try to sneak in a picture of the relic :-)
  • Well depending of the season you may have to wait on the line for a verrrry long time in order to get in front of the holy blood thing. It's a very nice church and is close to the city center so it's easy to visit it without changing any plans. I really like the vitro work on the Church as well as the entrance/staircase to the church. There is also a little museum on the Church but I never had the chance to visit. Also Bellow the church there is anotjeuch darker and sompler but very atmospheric church that you could visit :)
  • Stubbled on this one evening, what a find. I'm sure it's in every guide book, and i know they visit it in 'the film' - but we were ignorantly wandering around and it was a breathtaking find. Visit it as late as possible to avoid tourist crowds and to best experience the dimly lit wonder and atmosphere. The place felt very sacred and special, more so because the small number of guests were silent and respectful. A must see while in Bruges.
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