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Basilica of the Holy Blood

Opens in 27 min: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 5:00 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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Burg 13 | Basilica of the Holy Blood, Bruges 8000, Belgium
+32 50 33 67 92
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Dont be put off visiting this gem. It is gorgeous inside and the 2.50 euro charge actually is for the optional small museum (1 room) and not the or ate church up a wide staircase

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a very old but beautiful church. Not sure how authentic the blood is but best to go along and hedge your bets just in case.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Alan0973
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Amazingly decorative frontage, located in the corner of The Burg square. There are lots of steps up to the church but there is lift access available. Inside is beautiful with stained glass windows and paintings along the walls. It’s quite large inside. There is a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were pleasantly surprised by the holiness of this Basilica. An amazing place of reflection and beauty which I do believe holds a vial of holy blood.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Photodude45
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a wonderful basilica. The colours.. The wunderfull ceiling and... To much to write down. Just visit the basilica. And it will cost you nothing

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank JoppeT2
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Because of time constraints we only spent an hour in this building but it would be easy to spend much longer discovering more.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank crazycolin2013
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I can not begin to explain the feeling of calm to he had here. Such a beautiful place & so peaceful. With regards to the relic - I’m not convinced, it felt commercialised. If you don’t let yourself be distracted by this, it really is...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank mjackiegee
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have visited the church just to hear about the mistery behind the holy blood story. Nothing exciting until the priest asked us to sit down and he started to talk about it. The silence has taken over entire building, everyone was eyes and ears....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank danremusjipa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Looked on the square, though a trifle difficult to find, a flight of stairs takes you up to a decorative fantasia. The actual reliquary is not on display, but the experience is quite worth the modest effort.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank MWitz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The entrance through an ornate facade and up a flight of stairs is a pre-cursor to the rather unusual ceremony of the veneration of a phial of blood of Jesus Christ. A small elevated platform can be climbed to observe the phial in a glass...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank peter h
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October 11, 2017|
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Response from McgBar | Reviewed this property |
Definitely no flash allowed and as far as I could tell you would not be able to take any photos at all of the holy vial itself
September 21, 2017|
Response from c1e | Reviewed this property |
The visitbruges.be website states that the veneration of the relic happens daily between 11:30am-12:00pm and 2:00pm-4:00pm.
Emily K
August 3, 2016|
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Response from V8186ACcatherineb | Reviewed this property |
There is no fee to get in the church, but a small fee for the museum. There was no queue when I went, afternoon on a Saturday...
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Vancouver, Canada
Some Question about the Basilica of the Holy Blood (2 Replies)
I will be visiting Bruges this July on a SUNDAY. The website for the Basilica of the Holy Blood says there is a 11am Mass on Sundays in the Upper Chapel. Can visitors tour the Upper and Lower Chapels of the Basilica and the Museum BEFORE the Mass begins? I believe the Basilica/Museum open at 9:30am. Thank you for your help.
May 22, 2011|
Response fromsabrina_ide|
Hello again, Yes, BEFORE and AFTER you can visit the basilica and the museum. The basilica itself is free, the museum is € 1,50 for adults. It opens at 9h30, mass is at 11h00, closed between 12h00 and 14h00, then open again till 18h00. Hope this answers your question. Kind regards, Sabrina
Littlehampton, United Kingdom
Basilica of the Holy Blood (5 Replies)
Hi I'm visiting Bruge later this year with a friend who would really like to visit the Basilica and see the Holy Blood relic. I've read different information about when the relic is displayed, ranging from daily to once a week. Could anyone help? Thanks in advance Deb
June 30, 2008|
Response fromqaminari|
As far as I know, the holy blood itself is on display on Fridays and every day during the month of May, or at least most of the month of May, that is to say a number of days before Ascension Day when it goes walkabout around Brugge (Procession of the Holy Blood). But there are also reliquaries made to hold the relic which are on display every day, in the Basilica museum, maybe this is where the different information comes from.
Coquitlam, Canada
Two Nights in Bruges (0 Replies)
We just spent two nights in Bruges and had a lovely visit. This was my second visit and my sister-in-law's first visit. We stayed at Guesthouse 17 which is just lovely. Barbara is a very welcoming proprieter and the Guesthouse is clean, charming and well located. We did the usual tourist things (canal boat cruise, walking, shopping for chocolate etc.) and went on a bike tour of Bruges with Quasimundo Bike Tours which was excellent! We also visited the lower floor of the Basilica of the Holy...More
July 12, 2013|