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Basilica of the Holy Blood

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The Basilica of the Holy Blood, built between 1134 and 1157 as the chapel of the residence of the Count of Flanders, houses the venerated relic of the Holy Blood, allegedly collected by Joseph of Arimathea and brought from the Holy Land by Thierry of Alsace, Count of Flanders.

The Basilica consists of a Romanesque lower chapel and a Gothic upper chapel, connected by a monumental brick staircase. The Romanesque lower level is austere, while the Gothic upper level is alive with colour and detail.

The stairs and facade were built in 1533 in the Renaissance style, but demolished during the French occupation, whereas they were rebuilt in the 19th century.

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Basilica of the Holy Blood

Burg 13
8000 Brugge