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“Worth the visit” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Basilica of the Holy Blood

Basilica of the Holy Blood
Burg 13, Bruges 8000, Belgium
050-33-67-92
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Ranked #10 of 122 things to do in Bruges
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Owner description: This chapel contains a phial that reputedly contains Christ's blood brought back from the Crusades.
Killarney, Ireland
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“Worth the visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

worth the visit, just, check you times as when the Holy blood is displayed. This is free, they just ask you for a small donation.

Visited September 2012
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“Most Beautiful Church”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

It was the most beautiful and most memorable church I visited when I was in Belgium (and I went to quite a few...) We had the chance to see the holy blood, which was special (even though I am by no means religious). Highly recommend you visit this church — beautiful inside and out!

Visited October 2012
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“A Memorable Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

We had heard about this place before we went to Brugge and managed to visit on the morning of the day that we left.

A wide curving stone stairway takes you to the the most lavishly decorated interior with some of the most beautiful stained glass windows that I have ever seen,

While we were there a short service to venerate the Blood of Christ was announced and we with many other moved into the area at the right of the basilica as directed. A priest followed by a woman carrying the relic, being a silver and glass tube containing the blood that she placed in a glass box on a small alter. The priest said a few words over it, then again in English, we all then were invited to file by to see the relic - most people did as did we, giving a donation and receiving a small pamphlet with a prayer.

The veneration takes place at 11.00 am., but it's worth the visit for the architecture alone.

Visited October 2012
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Newcastle upon Tyne
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“Beautiful small church”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Calm and serene place after the hustle and bustle on the square outside. If you believe in such things then there is often the opportunity during the day to actually go to an altar and venerate the holy blood. Lots of people took the opportunity.

Visited August 2012
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“Interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

The building that houses the "blood of Christ" is lovely. The stained glass windows inside steal the show along with the pulpit. The alter that houses the urn itself looks like someone has gone nuts with bacofoil, it's bright silver & pretty garish. You can light candles & also write in a book beside the altar.

Visited October 2012
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