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Review of Sint-Janshospitaal

Sint-Janshospitaal
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$55.94*
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Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels
Ranked #25 of 153 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, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed July 28, 2013

A smaller museum but with great works from Memling!!
This museum displays one of the 7 Belgian Wonders: the Ursula shrine decorated by Hans Memling.

Thank TanjaVe
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

I generally don't prefer visiting art museums, but this one is an exception. Memling was quite a painter and he displayed his paintings in golden inlaid made miniature houses. It's really quite impressive! A must for art lovers!

Sadly we were not allowed to take any pictures.

Thank Robby G C
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Bought a Brugges museum pass which gave free entry to this museum. The paintings were good but the medical exhibits bit dull. Worth climbing the stairs to see the roof.

Thank Phil S
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Hundreds of years ago men & women gave there life to aid the sick & unfortunate. This 12th century place is full of history & beauty, sadness & strength. Worth a visit & if you can time it, the chemist shop - is only open at set times.

Thank Gorrob
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Helps understand the City's past. Just seeing how the buildings were built with so much wood is amazing.

Thank David C
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