Basilica Of The Holy BloodCurrently Open
- Address: Basilica of the Holy Blood,Burg 13, Bruges, Belgium
- Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: 32-50336792
- Ticket Price: 2 EUR
- Time Required: 00:45 Mins
- Tags: Church, Religious Site, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture
Some of Europe's biggest draws are their gigantic cathedrals built in a range of styles overwhelming their viewers with beautiful architecture. Yet there are many small churches that enjoy a similar popularity. Some are very picturesque, and some are a little museum like, they contain an artefact of a work of art. The Roman Catholic Church, the Basilica of the Holy Blood is both those things. Built in the 12th century by the count of Flanders (the region Bruges is capital of) the church was built originally in the Romanesque style, and the lower chapel remains the same, but the upper chapel was rebuilt in the original Gothic period in the 16th century and its 19th century revival. The upper chapel also houses the sacred relic of the basilica, the eponymous Holy Blood, a vial of blood from the body of Jesus Christ brought to Flanders by the builder count Thierry who fought in the Second Crusade.
The relic of the Precious Blood is a very important aspect of the townspeople's religious culture and history. Since the start of the 14th century a procession, celebrating the fight to end French despotism by two Flemish heroes, has used the Holy Blood as its centre piece. This procession is held every year on Ascension Day (the day Jesus ascended into heaven) which usually falls in May, and sometimes in June.The shrine itself is a work of art, made in the early 17th century it contains more than 30 kg of gold and silver and over a hundred precious stones. In the lower chapel a simple relief of the baptism of St. Basil carved above the entrance of to the annex of the church dating back to the 12th century is of note. Just as simple yet striking is the 14th century sculpture of the Madonna and Child tucked away in the right side of the church.
Basilica Of The Holy Blood Travel Tips
- Attire: Dress with respect appropriate to the location.
- Spend at least half an hour here.
- All the relics, sculptures and artefacts are worth a look. Especially the vial of Holy Blood.
- Join a mass or veneration if time allows.
- The upper chapel is more ornate, the lower chapel more simple and elegant.
- Part of the historic centre of Bruges, you can plan your trip keeping that in mind.
- Calm atmosphere, take the time out to offer up a prayer or relax for a few minutes.
- Dress appropriately, it is a church.
- A beautiful medieval church half Gothic renovated contains one of Christianity's most important artefacts.
Entrance Ticket Details For Basilica Of The Holy Blood
- Adults 2 Euros; Groups (min 15 persons) 1.50 Euros.
Basilica Of The Holy Blood Timings
- Mass everyday (including Sunday and Holydays) at 11 am except Thursday.
- Veneration: Every day after mass at 11:30 am to 12 pm (also on Thursday) and in the afternoon from 2 pm to 3 pm and on Friday to Sunday from 2 pm to 4 pm.
How to Reach Basilica Of The Holy Blood
- Any bus to the historic centre and a five to ten minute walk and you will be there.
- There are plenty of places to eat around the historic centre.
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95% of people who visit Bruges include Basilica Of The Holy Blood in their plan
2 PM - 3 PM
61.89% of people start their Basilica Of The Holy Blood visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Basilica Of The Holy Blood
88.92% of people prefer walking in order to reach Basilica Of The Holy Blood
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