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Address: Mariastraat 38, Bruges 8000, Belgium
Phone Number: 3250448711
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Tue - Sun 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Sint-Janshospitaal owns six masterpieces by the Flemish primitive artist...

Sint-Janshospitaal owns six masterpieces by the Flemish primitive artist Hans Memling, as well as many religious paintings and sculptures. Objects of applied art, such as furniture, silverwork, medical instruments, reliquaries, archive documents, and apothecary pots reflect 800 years of care.

Sint-Janshospitaal is one of the oldest preserved hospital buildings in Europe. In the museum, you can learn more about hospital life in the past and how the wards would have looked then. Furniture, paintings, sculptures, silverware, and pewterware are the silent witnesses of the care for bodies and souls that took place in this hospital through the centuries. The building’s supporting framework is also unique and is one of the oldest and largest in Europe. The old apothecary’s and herb garden is also well worth a visit. In the hospital chapel, the focus is all on the work of the most famous of the Flemish Primitives: Hans Memling. This painter lived and worked in Bruges in the 15th century and created his most important masterpieces here, including the famous Shrine of St Ursula, which was painted specifically for Sint-Janshospitaal.

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Art and Medicine

Quite an interesting combination of medieval medicine and ecclesiastical art. Heavy emphasis of the context of the institution and how it helped the poor.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Alexandria, Virginia, USA

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Alexandria, Virginia, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Quite an interesting combination of medieval medicine and ecclesiastical art. Heavy emphasis of the context of the institution and how it helped the poor.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It is a very beautiful building and has a great collection of medical tools and some interesting paintings.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

I could spend all day here, its a beautiful building, one of the oldest hospitals in existence, with an original Apoteek, (Chemist) in situ. And a Memling painting to boot

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Thank Linda A
Cirencester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Very interesting has been on our list to visit for some time . The artworks are stunning large religious oils as good as in the main art museum , then there are the records which date back to the 13th century and are still legible, various medical instruments etc . My favourite area in the whole building was of the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful old building that used to house a hospital ran by nun and monks in Bruges. Very interesting for me as I love all types of medical history. Not all signs are in English so sometimes hard to know what you are looking at but handy guides to pick up are available in different languages. More information on the walls... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Pretty inspiring place to visit. Well worth the walk to it and highly recommended. I would go again and loved it.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

a memorable experience, learning about the history of St Johns Hospital with wards, apothecaries in tact, a must see attraction.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

This is a good place to visit and I found it really interesting to see all of the paintings (I am not interested in art). You are able to see historical records also.

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Ogulin, Croatia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

My daughter read the reviews on Trip advisor, so we had ti go to see this place. Outside it is really amazing building, from all corners. In the museum we got pretty late, so had just one hour to walk trough it. And in some way- we were disappointed. We thought there will be more of treatment methods on paper,... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Visited the old hospital due to recommendations from friends and family, found it very interesting if a little stomach churning to see the methods of treating people in ancient times.

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