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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. Make Basilica of the Holy Blood part of your personalized Bruges itinerary using our Bruges holiday planner.
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  • A must visit if ever in Belgium! The place is incredible with so much history and best of all beer and fries! Oh and you can't forget the waffles! 
  • A beautiful façade with details refined and Golden etmais disappointed we can't visit inside.
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  • As beautiful from the outside than from the inside. You can admire the relic of the Holy Blood, a beautiful pulpit and murals from the 19th century. The entrance to the Chapel is free but watch out for the opening (closed between noon and 2 p.m. including)
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  • It doesn't look like a church from outside and is a bit tucked away in the corner of Burg square, but is one of the best things in Bruges. Free to go in. The interior is painted plaster and wood, with a really nice beamed ceiling, interesting carved pulpit, and stained glass windows. Quite unique decoration, and very different to other churches, in Bruges or elsewhere (actually more similar to the interior of the Stadthuis town hall next to it which is also a must see). You can keep your visit free, or see the reliquary brought back by a Crusader with supposedly Christ's blood, by donating a sum of your choice. You can also pay a few euros for the treasure room but we didn't, seen enough chalices etc elsewhere already.
  • Pay to take a peek The Lord's blood in a vial. Lots of beautiful artwork here too!
  • Tiny from the outside. Very beautiful from inside. Don't only have a look for the blood relic.
  • Peaceful place worth visiting. Hats out and please do not use flash when make photos.
  • Very pretty church. Entrance is free, you can see the Holy blood with an arbitrary donation. There is a treasure room that you have to get tickets for.