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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