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Basilica of the Holy Blood

Burg 13, Bruges 8000, Belgium
050-33-67-92
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Ranked #8 of 51 attractions in Bruges
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Description: This chapel contains a phial that reputedly contains Christ's blood brought back from the Crusades.
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Definitely pop in here when you're checking out the historic centre of Brugges. The interior is breath-taking and it's like no other building in Brugges. Only 10 mins worth of stuff to look at but so worth it. There is a downstairs crypty bit too!

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Lancashire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Not sure if this is true or not, but went along to have a look anyway. Long queue of people waiting to go in. No speaking allowed, and was told abruptly by a concierge to ssshhhhh!!! when I asked someone in the queue if they would like to go up before me to view the Holy Blood, as I was... More

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

When we went the area with the vial was roped off so we didnt get to see it close up. However this is a beautiful church and well worth a visit. We spent about 20minutes here taking in the architecture but I'm sure if you are religious you would like to spend much longer in what seemed a very peaceful... More

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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Just of Burgplatz you'll find this beautifully ornate church - remnant of aab extensive castle that once stood on this site. Now the little chapel is all that remains as newer buildings - like the town hall - have sprung up around it! Bespoke stone work and gold gilt work on the exterior is equally matched by the ornate breath... More

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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

In one corner of the Burgplatz is the Church of the Holy Blood. A relatively unknown site, at least until you get to Brugge, the Church houses a vile of Jesus' Blood. This iconic treasure is often presented for veneration and visitation. We visited during a veneration period, by chance, and were able to get within inches of the vile.... More

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County Durham, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

While visiting the city my wife and I went to Sunday mass and found the church to be beautiful and a good choice. The architecture and artifacts are fantastic to view and we took time after the service to sit and enjoy this historic building, thankfully parts of the service are in different languages. Well worth the time to visit... More

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Regina, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The tears just sprang from my eyes as I touched the glass where the Holly Blood was held. What a moving experience being in its presence. The church is lovely as well and it was great to see remodelling was on going to keep this special house of God for others to visit.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Very cool medieval church with what is considered a very important relic. A modest donation gets you an up close view of the relic. Don't miss it.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This building and its contents are magnificent! So intricate, a lot of detail you could never get bored just sitting and looking. If you want to view the casing with the holy blood, it is very inexpensive at 2euros. I would certainly recommend an hour or so in here

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The basilica itself is nice and has a very serene atmosphere (as you would expect) but check out the times at which the veneration of the relic is scheduled as this is a very special experience.

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