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“Peaceful”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Sint-Janshospitaal

Sint-Janshospitaal
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$50.98*
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Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels
Ranked #19 of 152 things to do in Bruges
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Sint-Janshospitaal owns six masterpieces by the Flemish primitive artist Hans Memling, as well as many religious paintings and sculptures. Objects of applied art, such as furniture, silverwork, medical instruments, reliquaries, archive documents, and apothecary pots reflect 800 years of care. Sint-Janshospitaal is one of the oldest preserved hospital buildings in Europe. In the museum, you can learn more about hospital life in the past and how the wards would have looked then. Furniture, paintings, sculptures, silverware, and pewterware are the silent witnesses of the care for bodies and souls that took place in this hospital through the centuries. The building’s supporting framework is also unique and is one of the oldest and largest in Europe. The old apothecary’s and herb garden is also well worth a visit. In the hospital chapel, the focus is all on the work of the most famous of the Flemish Primitives: Hans Memling. This painter lived and worked in Bruges in the 15th century and created his most important masterpieces here, including the famous Shrine of St Ursula, which was painted specifically for Sint-Janshospitaal.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Stafford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Peaceful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

Lovely peaceful place. The apothecary was fantastic. The body of the hospital was full of church relics etc and wold have been more interesting if they had concentrated on the hospital side of it. A few Memling pictures but the others were in store which was a shame as that is why we had visited.

Visited November 2012
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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“Marvellous Memlings”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2012

800 year old building - once one of the original teaching hospitals of Europe, now a museum giving fascinating insights into how the nuns used to care for sick - there's even a painting of how it used to look and a collection of instruments used on operations! (NB NOT set out as a hospital, but a beautiful building nontheless) DON'T miss the apothecary (pharmacy) and herb garden round the corner, part of your ticket - we had to go back, as we missed it first time! Then the surprise - six jewel-like Memlings, including the beautiful Shrine of St Ursula.
Loved the use of the old chapel to showcase Memling's work.

Tip 1: fold-up stools propped around the museum, so that you can sit down and fully take in everything.
Tip 2: info sheets in several languages give information about the Memlings
Tip 3: get one of the Bruges cards 48/72 hour tickets, or, even better, the 15 euro museum card (free entrance to any 5 museums) which can be bought at any museum desk.

Visited October 2012
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Branchburg, New Jersey
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“Worth the visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

This museum was well worth the visit. The history of the nuns and how they care for the sick was very moving. My husband and I taken by the richness and vastness of the art objects and the works by Memling.

Visited October 2012
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Portsmouth Hampshire
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“interesting”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

many exhibits were missing on our visit,i felt that entrance fee was high,for what we were able to see

Visited October 2012
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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“Worth a visit.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

A small collection of Memling works which is delightful and worth a visit on its own, however the rest of the museum is very interesting and contains documents and art work showing medieval medical care. It was a fascinating visit, and plenty of information available in English. Allow half a day.

Visited November 2012
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