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.
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