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“The oldest church in Belgium” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Basilica of the Holy Blood

Basilica of the Holy Blood
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Owner description: This chapel contains a phial that reputedly contains Christ's blood brought back from the Crusades.
Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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“The oldest church in Belgium”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2014

I love old churches and this beautiful gothic example built around the Holy Blood relic brought back from a crusade to the Holy Land is beautiful. My first visit on a Sunday evening was just externally as I had just arrived in Bruges. I planned to go back the following day but be warned - this Basilica is closed ( like many other places in Bruges) on Mondays.
It is not only beautiful inside but the golden knights and icons on the exterior help one recognise it where it is set the corner of the square near the Town Hall.
Once up the stone stairway and inside visitors are asked to be respectfully silent in this sacred place but sadly so many people do not respond to the request and even when gently sshh'd by the pastor still did not stop their incessant and unnecessary chat. I am spiritual, rather than religious, but appreciate the beauty and energy of sarod red places no matter the religion so if you are likewise then I suggest either an early morning visit or last half an hour of the day. I visited just before closing on a Tuesday and suddenly the crowds evaporated and I had the opportunity to be the last person of the day to view the Holy Blood relic in silence!
I am so please I went back as the beauty, atmosphere and historical and religious significance is not to be missed.

Visited April 2014
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Wigan, United Kingdom
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“Very busy - which spoils it a little”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2014

The basilica is beautiful inside, of that there is no doubt. The pulpit alone is mighty impressive. However, what spoils this attraction is the long queues to look at the holy blood vessel. We didnt bother, but the building itself is still worth a look.

Visited April 2014
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Pelham, New York
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“Basilica”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2014

Stopped by while in Bruges.
Incredible history. Beautiful chapel. And the relic. What else can I say.
A must see while in Bruges. Go early in the morning when nobody is there
2 euro donation to look at the relic up close

Visited April 2014
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“Rare spectacle”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2014

Having been to Rome on many occasions I thought it would take a lot for me to be dumbfounded by a spectacle such as this. I was wrong for as soon as you walk into this Basilica you cannot help but to be moved by it's peace and serenity.

Visited April 2014
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Manchester,UK
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“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2014

Beautiful chapel (up the stairs). If you arrive just before 11.30 am then you'll be just in time for a short service when you actually get to see the vialle of 'blood'. The church itself is beautiful and free to enter.

Visited March 2014
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