Basilica of the Holy Blood, Bruges

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Historic Site · Religious Site
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 church and the historical significance is astounding. Well worth looking it over inside and out. As far as the vial of blood, well you would have to be profoundly religious to think it held the...  more »
  • Bruges is a lovely town and the Basilica of the Holy Blood is just another wonder. It is a must to see and visit!  more »
  • A very calm, serene, and nice church. It's quite beautiful, and I agree, you do not have to have a religious background to visit. Here you can see a rare relic of the blood of Christ on a small piece of cloth. They have a father in an altar showing the relic. You can make a donation if you want to the church before walking up the altar. They also have a small room with other items but I think you have to pay to see them.
  • Really shows the art style of the XII century (when it was built). To see the blood you have to atend a short ceremony (5 to 10 minutes) and you are able to place your hand above the Holy blood. For something 2000 years old, it's well preserved. Great experience, recommend!

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