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Sint-Janshospitaal

Mariastraat 38, Bruges 8000, Belgium
+32 50 44 87 11
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Mariastraat 38, Bruges 8000, Belgium
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Reviewed 10 May 2016

Sint-Janshospitaal (€ 8) is an 11th century hospital building in Bruges that houses an impressive collection of paintings, medical equipment and other treasures; namely works by Hans Memling. Opening Hours are 9.30-5pm daily. This building is one of the oldest surviving hospital structures in all...More

1  Thank BradJill
Reviewed 9 May 2016

There are a few interesting things but nothing much to show what it would have been like when a hospital.

Thank dburkej
Reviewed 6 May 2016

We were knocked out! Stumbled into an exhibition called "Breugll's Witches", having to do with witchcraft in Europe and the artistic representation of witches. One of the most innovative and fun installations we've encountered in some time. A beautiful venue: 800 year old hospital turned...More

Thank Gary H
Reviewed 5 May 2016

How come this isn't more famous? The reliquery by Hans Memling was created for this hospital and is one of the most stunning works of Flemish art on the planet. If you like northern rennaisance art, you will be bowled over by the works by...More

Thank Mark B
Reviewed 4 May 2016

The medical display of tools as well as the development of medicine and the people involved were interesting. That is only part of it. They also have an exhibition of the development of the burning of witches that is worth seeing.

Thank KittyLamprecht
Reviewed 4 May 2016

We went mostly because of the Bruegels witches exhibition, which was very interesting. You walk around in dimness carrying your little light (sadly it was perfumed). The hospital is also interesting, so all in all a must in Bruge.

Thank Birger M
Reviewed 3 May 2016

You go down some stairs from the street, pay your entrance fee, go through a door and find yourself in an astonishing space that used to be occupied by the wards of the St John Hospital. Pilgrims, travellers, and the poor and sick were cared...More

Thank Robert Y
Reviewed 29 April 2016

There is an excellent collection of art including the beautiful Hans Memling reliquary. At the time we visited there was a fascinating [and serious] exhibition about witches based on Breugel's representations

Thank DaveMac307
Reviewed 27 April 2016

Atmospheric building with superb paintings by Memling. Well worth downloading the explanatory app in the foyer (free wifi). It gives a detailed talk on each painting. Concur with a previous reviewer re. the witches exhibition upstairs. It is so out of place!

Thank Chris W
Reviewed 25 April 2016

I loved the art here. If you look at the painting of how it would have been when it functioned as a hospital you can almost imagine it still like that. This was a fascinating sight, and not crowded. The paintings by Hans Memling were...More

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