Basilica of the Holy Blood, Bruges, Belgium

The Basilica of Holy Blood is located in Bruges. The façade is not a huge one, and one can miss as it is in one corner of the old historic centre. There are some ornate statues which do attract attention, but then most of the facades there have them. The characters in these are religious personalities I assumed.


There are two parts in this basilica; the lower part, St. Basil’s chapel which is very plain and simple, the upper part is more colorful, bright and stunningly beautiful. A silver tabernacle from 1611 houses a sacred vessel that is believed to contain a few drops of Christ’s blood and water washed from the body of Christ by Joseph.


This vessel was brought here from Jerusalem in 1150. It is paraded through the city every year and the residents there take part in the procession dressed as knights and crusaders. This church is definitely worth a visit. No photography was allowed inside. I have the photos here of just the exteriors.

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22 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    Beautiful, old Basilica and fascinating history! I can see why the ornate statues attract attention! Wonderful captures, Indrani! Hope you have a great week!

  2. Meoww says:

    Gold colored statues in the black stone backdrop is stunning!

  3. Joyful says:

    Stunning for sure! Love the gold statues and the stained glass.

  4. Alice says:

    Lovely church, love the stained glass.

  5. eileeninmd says:

    What a beautiful Basilica, the old statues are wonderful. Love the details. Thanks for sharing, have a great day.

  6. Bikramjit says:

    beautiful .. One day i will go there tooo god willing 🙂

    Open letter to all Indians-Bikram's

  7. Gary says:

    Fascinating tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  8. Such a beautiful holy place.

  9. magiceye says:

    Beautifully captured!

  10. Vaish says:

    Loved the facade architecture!!

  11. George says:

    I'm glad you didn't miss this basilica — it's definitely beautiful. Thanks for sharing the interesting history of this site.

  12. Leovi says:

    Beautiful photos. Very good catch, I like these gilded carvings. Greetings.

  13. These are great photos and they are indeed excellently shot!

    I would like to get to know you more through your posts in the future. Would you like us to follow each other?

    Take care 😀

  14. ladyfi says:

    Oh, how beautiful! That stained glass window is lovely.

  15. ladyfi says:

    Oh, how beautiful! That stained glass window is lovely.

  16. Carver says:

    Very beautiful place and I love your shots of it.

  17. Vraiment intéressant.
    Belle journée,


  18. Krishna says:



  19. looks lovely and much different. the window was so well shot!

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