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“We were rained out seeking shelter”
Review of Sint-Janshospitaal

Sint-Janshospitaal
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US$52.53*
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Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels
Ranked #21 of 153 things to do in Bruges
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Sint-Janshospitaal owns six masterpieces by the Flemish primitive artist Hans Memling, as well as many religious paintings and sculptures. Objects of applied art, such as furniture, silverwork, medical instruments, reliquaries, archive documents, and apothecary pots reflect 800 years of care. Sint-Janshospitaal is one of the oldest preserved hospital buildings in Europe. In the museum, you can learn more about hospital life in the past and how the wards would have looked then. Furniture, paintings, sculptures, silverware, and pewterware are the silent witnesses of the care for bodies and souls that took place in this hospital through the centuries. The building’s supporting framework is also unique and is one of the oldest and largest in Europe. The old apothecary’s and herb garden is also well worth a visit. In the hospital chapel, the focus is all on the work of the most famous of the Flemish Primitives: Hans Memling. This painter lived and worked in Bruges in the 15th century and created his most important masterpieces here, including the famous Shrine of St Ursula, which was painted specifically for Sint-Janshospitaal.
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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“We were rained out seeking shelter”
Reviewed 10 August 2014

We went in tho there were other places on our list but since there was a doctor with us we went in and it wasn't that much of a let down. We some instruments and one cranial rope saw, I think there was a more technical term. It cost us about $9 since we were sr. but nice I didn't like watching the boats pass by me from the urinals felt like that statue in Brussels. The have seats you can plunk and watch, rest or contemplate. All in all it was interesting.

Visited August 2014
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“A Very Pleasant Afternooon”
Reviewed 8 August 2014

We spent a lovely afternoon here. The museum has beautiful Flemish Paintings and historical items regarding the hospital that operatd here. We also attended a free harp concert here that we enjoyed very much. Don't miss it.

Visited June 2014
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Hudson, Ohio
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“Don't miss it”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

I know there are a lot of museums in Bruges but this one combines wonderful art with some fascinating medical history. The building is worth seeing and I found the English information , that is provided on cards in the various rooms, very helpful. (they had plenty of other languages as well.). I think this museum is a must-see!

Visited July 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Wonderful museum”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

Interesting collection well displayed. So much history. What a fascinating place. After seeing a picture of the building in its original makes you look up and put together the pieces of what was where back then. Such a humbling experience

Visited June 2014
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Logan, Utah
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“stunning art”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

Oddly uncrowded on a day when the streets were teeming with tourists. We got a good look at fabulous paintings.

Visited July 2014
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