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Lost in time – that’s how you feel in the heart of Bruges, Europe’s best preserved medieval city. This is a dreamy city that could convert the most modern poet into a romantic: nothing upsets the peace and equilibrium of this medieval destination - no high rises, rare neon lights and hardly any blights of modern development. A waffle stall on every corner, romantic carriages on every street, and an airy main square with 47 chiming bells are just some of the city’s unique features.

Basilica of the Holy Blood - Saint-Baselius ChapelJim Linwood / CC BY-SA 3.0

Basilica of the Holy Blood (Heilige Bloed Basiliek)

Basilica of the Holy Blood (Heilige Bloed Basiliek)

Famous A magnificent piece of history

A magnificent piece of history Editors' Note

The Basilica of the Holy Blood (Heilige Bloed Basiliek) is a double chapel located on the ‘Burg’ square in Bruges. The Roamesque lower chapel has much less decoration and color. The lower chapel was originally built in Romanesque style but later changed to gothic in the 15th center.

After the French Revolution the original stained glass windows were removed.

On the upper floor the Holy Blood is in the rock crystal vial, capped with a golden crown at each end and kept in the church. In the Basilica of the Holy Blood (Heilige Bloed Basiliek) upper level is dripping in colorful stained glass, murals and a brightly painted altar. The chapel of the Holy Blood was renovated a second time in the 19th century adding the mural decorations.

These two Chapels in The Basilica of the Holy Blood (Heilige Bloed Basiliek) are connected by a massive brick staircase, which runs behind the grand façade. The gilded statues on the façade represent Derrick and Philip of Alsace, Mary of Burgundy and Archduchess Isabelle. The medallions represent the Archdules Albert and Maximilian of Austria, Margaret of York and Sybil of Anjou. This grand staircase was built in 1533 and destroyed during the French occupation, but later rebuilt in the 19th century.

The Procession of the Holy Blood event is held on Ascension Day in the String. The bishop carries the relic through the streets of Bruges and residents act out biblical scenes in costumes. The Procession was first recorded in 1291. The Basilica of the Holy Blood (Heilige Bloed Basiliek) is home of the fragment of stained cloth, with what is said to be the coagulated blood of Christ, that was wiped from his body after the crucifixion by Joseph of Arimathea.

Basilica of the Holy Blood (Heilige Bloed Basiliek)
Burg 13, 8000 Bruges
+32 (0) 50336792
Apr-Sept daily 9:30am-noon and 2-6pm (closed Wed afternoon); Oct-Mar daily 10am-noon and 2-4pm (closed Wed afternoon)