Holy Saviour CathedralCurrently Closed
- Address: Sint-Salvatorskoorstraat 8, Bruges 8000, Belgium
- Timings: 10:00 am - 01:00 pm Details
- Phone: 32-50336841
- Ticket Price: 3 EUR
- Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
- Tags: Religious Site, Family And Kids, Architecture , Cathedral
What started out as a common parish church transformed into the Holy Saviour Cathedral of Bruges in the 19th century. The architecture is mainly Gothic and has a belfry that stretches up to a 100 meters and wooden choir stalls, built in the 15th century. The cathedral is also home to a museum and a treasury. The churches stunning tapestries and serene vibe make it a lovely place to visit for everyone.
In the 10th century, another church was deemed the most important religious structure of the city but at the end of the 18th century, that structure was destroyed. In 1834, came a new bishop and this church was elevated to the stature of the cathedral. This led to numerous architectural enhancements such as a Romanesque tower extension. The outside of the cathedral seems to change colour, depending on the weather and is very photogenic. The Cathedral is lit up at night, lending it a fascinating ethereal glow.
Parts of this cathedral were constructed during the 1230’s, the nave, the tower, transepts and the choir. There are different styling’s used on the ceiling work. There are richly ornamented pillars and an ornate silver shrine that once belonged to St. Eligius. The walls are adorned with paintings by Flemish artists. Close to the main altar, are a number of tombs that belong to famous Flemings, such as the Lord of Inghen. Walking down the aisles of the cathedral will treat you to quaint carvings, a statue of Mary Magedalene and a statue of a forlorn Mary, holding her departing son.
Today, besides being a place of worship, the cathedral houses numerous artworks, artefacts and items of beauty. On entering the church, you can see wall-carpets made in 1731. This great, dramatic building is full of visual delights. The Cathedral Museum houses ‘The Martyrdom of St. Hippolytus’ and other such historical work. The treasury holds religious vessels created out of gold and silver and other vestments. Though currently many parts of the Cathedral have been cordoned off for restoration, there are still many things to see and this is a good place for those seeking a moment of peaceful contemplation in a busy city.
- Make sure to visit the museum and treasury.
- The roof is as stunning as the pulpit, do notice it.
- Take your time to take in the small architectural and artistic nuances.
- Explore as much as you can, some spend up to 2 hours in this cathedral.
- Call and make sure that the points of interests for you are open (due to the restoration).
- Parking is available.
- Cathedral has free entry.
- Museum : Adults 2.50 Euros ($4) , Seniors 2 Euros ($3.20) ,Ages 6-25 1 Euros ($1.60) .
- Closed to casual visitors during services.
- Bus stands: Markt: 32(0)50 33 44 44 and Stationsplein 32(0)50 38 46 60.
- Detailed bus, train and ferry schedules are on display at the Tourist Office.
- Bistro’t Klein Genoegen (Belgian/ Entre: €4 - €13)
- Main Course: €10 - € 17)
- Chez Vincent (Fastfood/20 Euro per head)
- Poules Moules (Belgian/ 30 Euro per head)
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13.3% of people who visit Bruges include Holy Saviour Cathedral in their plan
2 PM - 3 PM
82.67% of people start their Holy Saviour Cathedral visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
1 Hr 30 Minutes
People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Holy Saviour Cathedral
71.64% of people prefer walking in order to reach Holy Saviour Cathedral
So beautiful! The contrast between the Romanesque and the Gothic styles is unique. It is very unassuming from the outside but there is so much to see on the inside. This was an unexpected gem and an absolute must see.
A very beautiful church cathedral, built in 1127, with a lot of art. To see the museum part you pay 4 euro, or 3 when below 25. Entry in to the church itself is for free. The church has events on Saturday and service on Sunday.
Great church. Definitely one of the charms of Bruges. Also has real zombie-skeletons in the cellar, but looking at those costs extra.
Often overlooked compared to the Basilica of the Holy blood, that this cathedral is actually the oldest in Brugge dating back to the 12th century. Built in the romanesque style, the interior almost looks lutheran due to its clean, white, and simple lines. Having said that it is still a Roman Catholic church. The organ is impressive as well as it's stained glass windows and its main bronze gilded doors. It's situated upon a busy commercialized street. Free to enter.
Such a stunning cathedral ! At the heart of Brugge ❤