Bruges: City Centre and the Basilica of the Sacred Blood

After our delicious visit to the tea room, we wandered through the streets toward the center of the city to see the Grote Markt, the Bell Tower, and the Basilica of the Sacred Blood.

Every street was a picture-perfect post card.

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Love this new architecture that blends in perfectly with the old.

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One of these things just doesn’t belong…

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Making our way to the basilica…

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The basilica sits in the corner of the Burg square, in a Frankenstein-ish conglomeration of architectural styles, dating back to the 12th century.

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We only visited the dark, Romanesque downstairs chapel, dedicated to St. Basil.  (It was free!).  We didn’t go into the upstairs chapel, which was rebuilt later in the gothic style and is where the “sacred blood” relic is housed.  I love the old chapel downstairs.  It is incredibly well-preserved, and has the most amazing atmosphere.  I kinda wanted to break out into plainchant…

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After the basilica, we headed toward the bell tower to climb some stairs…

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2 Responses to Bruges: City Centre and the Basilica of the Sacred Blood

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