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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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Mariastraat 38, Bruges 8000, Belgium
+32 50 44 87 11
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Reviewed 3 March 2016

restaurants and the intriguingly titled 'pour your own beer' are being developed in the old hospital. Worth exploring!

Thank philra
Reviewed 29 February 2016

There are so many interesting items to see here. A very large variety of instruments used in the early days of surgery. A must visit to everyone going to Brugges

Thank 755Win
Reviewed 28 February 2016 via mobile

This old hospital is well worth visiting even if not so interesting than that of Beaune in Burgundy. You can admire the impressive building though and several art pieces. Do not forget to visit the fabulous chemists in the building next to the hospital: it...More

Thank fitzbenedict
Reviewed 21 February 2016

Saint John's Hospital: This is a small but interesting museum, though the description on the Bruges website gave me the impression that it would be more detailed and more gory than it turned out to be. About two thirds of the way round there is...More

Thank Morton D
Reviewed 18 February 2016

Its an 800 year old medieval hospital with beautiful art work and artifacts, Don't just walk by like we did the first time!

Thank Sandy S
Reviewed 18 February 2016

The building is beautiful, and there are plenty of interesting pictures that help to understand the context. Signage and information in English is limited but is available. We really wanted to also visit the Apothecary which is included in the price of the entrance ticket...More

Thank Lovelilos
Reviewed 20 January 2016

Quite an interesting combination of medieval medicine and ecclesiastical art. Heavy emphasis of the context of the institution and how it helped the poor.

Thank Davanden
Reviewed 11 January 2016

It is a very beautiful building and has a great collection of medical tools and some interesting paintings.

Thank Matina-Lefteris
Reviewed 5 January 2016

I could spend all day here, its a beautiful building, one of the oldest hospitals in existence, with an original Apoteek, (Chemist) in situ. And a Memling painting to boot

Thank Linda A
Reviewed 4 January 2016

Very interesting has been on our list to visit for some time . The artworks are stunning large religious oils as good as in the main art museum , then there are the records which date back to the 13th century and are still legible,...More

Thank dkwilli
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