Basilica of the Holy Blood
Basilica of the Holy Blood
4.5
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9:30 AM - 12:30 PM, 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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This chapel contains a phial that reputedly contains Christ's blood brought back from the Crusades.
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  • david n
    Manchester, United Kingdom4,681 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    .. especially when its free to enter. Its a small church with usually a possibility to "worship" "pay respect to" the holy blood - and for this they do ask donations. I'd also suggest that paying a few eurostro see the single room treasury is worth it as well as that monstrance in there is second to none !
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 2, 2023
  • gfsc5
    Perth, Australia1,786 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Decorative
    When I visited Bruges as part of a tour group, we had limited free time but it did give me the opportunity to visit this exquisite church. Very ornate with lots of opportunities for photos. It's free to enter. There are quite a few steps up but it's well worth taking the time to check it out.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Ann C
    Nashville, Tennessee3,304 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Basilica of the Holy Blood Bruges
    This church is famous for its relic of the blood of Christ which is said to have been brought here in 1150. If you want to enjoy the church and have a prayerful/meditative moment be sure to arrive early, because a few hours later, once the relic is brought out a long line can form and the church becomes crowded. The church is free but as you approach the relic there is a box and a sign where it is suggested that you give a donation to help maintain the church. I had already purchased candles and postcards in the gift shop and made a donation earlier in the morning so when I came back to see the relic I did not think it was necessary to give more. Unfortunately I had a poor experience because I did not give anything to the box...a priest was watching the relic, anyone who gave money to the box received a little paper and apparently because I did not give money to the box I did not receive the little paper. I found this cold. How much could the little paper cost that they choose to monitor who gives money and who does not. Sad. Very sad. Check the hours on-line at the church's website before going because I think the hours change depending on the day or time of year.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 25, 2023
  • Josie Iino
    Cambridge, United Kingdom605 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible
    An exquisitely divine building. My word, the interior is remarkable. As someone who is currently backpacking around Europe, my Church fatigue is palpable. This and the Cologne Church were temporary reprieves for that feeling. It is small, so it feels homely. The colour-palette is unlike most other churches, the altarpieces are otherworldly. I remember resting from the hot sun just in disbelief by how gorgeous my surroundings were. A truly remarkable work of architecture.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 21, 2023
  • Lentara71
    Houston, Texas141 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Overrated but great if you can go.
    It’s basically intriguing. I would not go out of my way to see this, BUT if you were in the area, do go. The basilica can be easily missed. It is the black building in Burg Square. Admission is free, but feel free to leave a donation. The vial of blood is heavily guarded on display. There is no talking or pictures allowed. It’s a vial of blood. It is what it is!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 26, 2023
  • Sarah L
    London, United Kingdom3,318 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Holy relic
    Came here during a day trip to Bruges and the queue was outside the door but thankfully moved quickly and we were inside within 20mins or so. There is no entrance fee and they do request you to maintain silence whilst queuing and inside. It is a stunning church though quite small. The main reason people visit is to see the holy relic supposedly containing Christ's blood but you pay a bit extra to do that.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 4, 2024
  • Rugbynugget
    Nottingham, United Kingdom378 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Be prepared for rude visitors
    This church is a sacred place, containing what is purported to be a file containing Christs blood. You can pay respects to the file whilst in the church. However our visit was spoilt by other visitors who didn't seem to have any respect for the building and were loud. There are signs everywhere asking for silence which are ignored.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 1, 2024
  • James G
    30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful medieval chapel
    Tucked away in a corner of the Burg square, this is a little gem. Exquisite and beautifully restored medieval chapels with interesting back story. Try to visit at either end of the day when the crowds aren’t there.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 11, 2024
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Sarah L
London, UK3,318 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Came here during a day trip to Bruges and the queue was outside the door but thankfully moved quickly and we were inside within 20mins or so. There is no entrance fee and they do request you to maintain silence whilst queuing and inside. It is a stunning church though quite small. The main reason people visit is to see the holy relic supposedly containing Christ's blood but you pay a bit extra to do that.
Written January 4, 2024
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jbg74
Saint Paul, MN1,060 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This is a great, wooden, Gothic chapel and well worth a visit. The chapel is free and beautiful but there is a 5 euro fee for entry to the one room museum. I didn't mind paying for the museum since they need to maintain the chapel but the best part is the free part if you don't want to or can't afford to pay.
Written May 30, 2022
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Jenny W
York, UK196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
When we arrived there was a crowd coming out but they were an organised tour. For us, the church was quiet and the believers took the steps up to pay homage to the phial in front of a colourfully dressed cleric. It’s worth visiting just to see the gaudy medieval style decoration of the church and the very unusual cauldron shaped pulpit complete with canopy.
Written February 28, 2020
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DunelmArts
Aberdeen, UK1,159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Tucked into a corner of The Burg, the historic Catholic Basilica of the Holy Blood houses the religious relic of a cloth said to contain drops of the blood of Jesus Christ. Free to enter, there is also a museum which has a small admission charge. If you’re in the Burg square, it’s worth making the time to visit this stunning church.
Written June 30, 2022
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Anyanka00
Bruges, Belgium197 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
This is a must visit if you’re ever in Bruges. Non-believers and believers alike can appreciate the beauty of the place. Up a large, turret style staircase leads you to this small church, which is much larger than how it appears from the outside.
If you visit at certain times, you can also see the holy blood.
Written January 18, 2020
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Mrs S F
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
Extraordinary basilica with the relic of Christ’s blood available for viewing. Most definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area. The architecture is stunning and something astinishing to see everywhere you look both inside and out.
Written February 18, 2020
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Herbert C
1,356 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
Located in Burg Square and dating back to the 12th century, one can truly appreciate the rich architecture and history of this Romanesque-style basilica which has withstood the ups and downs of Bruges over the centuries. Famed for being the repository of a vial containing the blood of Christ, this basilica comprises a lower and upper chapel. Not to be missed are the stained glass windows, the unique wood-panel ceiling, the De Steegheere staircase, gilded bronze statues and the mural decorations of the interior wall. The chapels are accessible for free to visitors, but admission fee is charged for the Treasury Chamber. A worthwhile stopover whilst in Burg Square!
Written November 14, 2022
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Liefhebber
Breda, The Netherlands8,579 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Very beautiful exterior and interior decorations at and in this basilica of the Holy Blood. It consists of two chapels on top of each other. The lower chapel is the Saint Basil Chapel, which was built in the 12th century. This is the only completely preserved Romanesque-style church of West Flanders. The holy relic contains a cloth with blood of Jezus Christ which can be seen between 14.00 and 15.00 a.m.
The basilica has free entrance, exept if you want to take a look at the relic you pay
€ 2,50 p.p. Very recommandable! (visited pre Covid).
Written October 1, 2020
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Rita
Porto, Portugal534 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
The church is located near the main church. When you see a building with a gold, it should be the church. You can enter the building for free from morning until around 17:00

You must not make any noise. You are allow to take some pictures. They have paid tour inside the church if you are interested.

The decorations look beautiful and amazing. You can pray in the church. They have stairs to go upstairs. We visit with our 70+ years old father, and he made it.
Written November 1, 2021
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Janet K
Houston, TX4,101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
I would suggest not missing this when you are in Bruges. The church is unique and worth visiting and, Of course, it is very special to see how the blood of Christ is shown. The museum is one room and small but the items are interesting if one would like to give 5 euros as basically a donation.
Written April 20, 2023
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