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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  • …. The asking for donations frequently from the loudspeakers is a bit … hmmmm .. why? People do know that a private church needs donations. And the museum för 5 euro? One small room……. 
    …. The asking for donations frequently from the loudspeakers is a bit … hmmmm .. why? People do know that a private church needs donations. And the museum för 5 euro? One small room…….  more »
  • A short but cool stop in this odd little church. We did not even go to the special little platform to see the vial that supposedly contains a piece of cloth with Christ’s blood. We went in to see... 
    A short but cool stop in this odd little church. We did not even go to the special little platform to see the vial that supposedly contains a piece of cloth with Christ’s blood. We went in to see...  more »
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  • Beautiful church, if you wish to participate in the veneration then come between 10:15 and 11:00 before mass or between 14:00 and 16:00. I missed the veneration because online people say you can enter after mass, but a gentleman blocked the entrance. Don't miss out like me!
  • A stunning piece of European culture, beauty, and history. Be sure to visit both the ground level and the first floor; they are both interesting and impressive in their own distinctive and different ways. In the church on the first floor, you can see a vial holding a piece of cloth with the blood of Jesus Christ on it. Free to visit the church, small fee to visit the treasure room. I didn’t do the latter so I can’t comment on that part.

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