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Basilica of the Holy Blood

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Address: Burg 13, Bruges 8000, Belgium
Phone Number: 050-33-67-92
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Description: This chapel contains a phial that reputedly contains Christ's blood...
This chapel contains a phial that reputedly contains Christ's blood brought back from the Crusades.
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A truly Magical Experience

What more can I say, I am not a religious person, but was completely blown away by this experience. For those who wish to pray, there is a more private chapel under the chapel... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

What more can I say, I am not a religious person, but was completely blown away by this experience. For those who wish to pray, there is a more private chapel under the chapel which holds the basilica. It was a truly humbling experience.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Very much like a cattle-market with the mediaeval 'payment box' to view the blood linked to the pa system - yuck!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Have visited many churches when travelling however this was a different experience . Small museum attached to church only 2 euro which was also an enjoyable experience . Don't forget to light a candle to remember those family and friends who have passed on . Some stairs involved however not steep . If you have a physical disability you maybe... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

The old Basilica is below, the "new" basilica and the museum, in a smaller square in the right corner, a bit hidden away, the holding place of a drop of the Holy Blood, a site to visit with respect, for taking a respectful quiet prayer for all religions, a place of beauty. PS: don't use your camera with flashlight when... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

We visited the Basilica again on our return to Bruges. The exterior is beautiful and very photographic as is the interior. On entry there are quite a lot of steps to climb but it is well worth it. The interior is beautiful, lovely stained glass windows and great artwork on the walls. It is a very peaceful place to visit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW via mobile

The church on the ground floor is of simple Romanesque architecture while the one on the second floor is of more intricate gothic flavor. Legend has it that Joseph of Arimathea wiped Jesus's blood off of His body and kept the blood-soaked cloth, which is now the relic. We were extremely lucky to have been there when the vial of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

Go with an open mind! We just kept thinking, 'What would Jeremy Clarkson say?' 'The Church of The Holy Blood...' said in the style of 'My car's a Jag...' Seriously though, I admire people their faith, even if I cannot share it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

We walked past the Basilica on the first day as its tucked in a corner of the square. There are quite a few steps up to the basilica so I pleased to see the lift available as my mother has knee problems. Fortunately we arrived just as you were able to venerate the Holy Blood. They ask for a small... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The actual basilica is beautifully decorated. Due reverence is required and given to the exposure of the Holy Blood.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Check times that the blood vial can be venerated, the church closed between 12 and 2pm and there are set times when the blood vial is presented. Beautiful ornate church, tucked in the corner next to the city hall, worth a visit.

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