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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 50 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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Courchevel, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful little basilika where a phial of (reputedly) the Virgin Mary's blood is venerated. The phial is not on show all the time, but is worth a little look when it is. Quite busy, but queue to look at the phial was not long when I was there.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

A trip to Bruges would not be complete without a visit to the Basilica! The rich history and the gorgeous art would be sufficient to make the visit worthwhile. The rich history of the Basilica made the experience even more complete.

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Brighton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

As a working church, it was closed except for local worshippers so we couldn't get in as planned. Hours were not clearly posted outside to make a visit later.

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Toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

It may not look like much on the outside but the Basilica of the Holy Blood is actually quite impressive once you get inside. Note that the Basilica closes from 12-2pm so if you see the doors closed just come back later. Definitely worth check out since it's free

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Gatineau, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I loved the roman chapel with its old sculptures and original (yet not restaured) artworks on the walls. The basicila upstairs is beautiful. When I went, the relic of Christ blood was there (if you believe in such things). It was a nice thought but it all seemed so serious. Worth a visit though.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I reached the Basilica just by chance. Its architecture and color immediately stand out and I decided to enter the church. It is beautiful and it has some impressive medieval artworks. But what it drew my attention was the reliquary that was being exhibited at the moment (it was Friday and the relic of the Holy Blood is displayed only... More

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Beirut, Lebanon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

arrived at Bruges and it was raining, had to wait until 14:00 to get to the veneration of the holy Blood, an experience that one can't forget for single moment. people who manage the veneration process are extremely nice more than extremely nice, the church is a place that when you enter you feel can't get out. that's why came... More

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Lovely church. Quite spiritual. Dark inside. Best to visit early as it was quite crowded. Has a relic of Jesus's blood, which some people had obviously come to see. Well worth a visit.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful Basilica, tucked in the corner of the main square, Bruge. Not to be confused with the adjacent, larger Market Square. If you enjoy historical artifacts, this small basilica doesn't disappoint. The relic, which reportedly contains some blood of Christ, is beautiful in it's design and presented in a respectful manner. Entry costs a donation of whatever... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is a lovely church, and it's definitely worth seeing. It is located right on the Burg next to the museum of Brugges history (and around the corner from the Chez Albert waffle stand!). However, unless you have a tour guide, or at least a guidebook, you're not going to understand the history of the church, which is hugely important... More

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