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Sint-Janshospitaal

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Address: Mariastraat 38, Bruges 8000, Belgium
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+32 50 44 87 11
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Sint-Janshospitaal owns six masterpieces by the Flemish primitive artist...

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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It is an old Hospital of the 11th Century

Located next to the Church of Our Lady. It was a place where sick pilgrims and travelers were cared for. Later, the building was expanded and a monastery and a convent were built... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 October 2015
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2015

We loved this museum as it gave us a feel for what life in Brugge would have been like 500 years ago. If you take the time to read the descriptions of paintings, objects etc. you learn a lot. On first impression, it certainly doesn't look like it would have been a hospital, but when you read, you learn that... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

Located next to the Church of Our Lady. It was a place where sick pilgrims and travelers were cared for. Later, the building was expanded and a monastery and a convent were built. In the 19th century, further construction was done and led the hospital with eight wards. Today part of the hospital complex is a museum, holding the paintings... More 

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

If you are interested in religious art and the history of how this place was developed you will enjoy.

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Steyning, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2015

Though the building is interesting, there was little to show that it had once been a hospital. There were some old medical instruments but it was mainly showing pictures of nuns and people who had worked there. One painting showed what the hospital used to look like which was about the only thing worth looking at.

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2015 via mobile

I was a bit disappointed as I had expected to get more of a feel for how it would have been as a hospital. As it was it had more of the church about it. There is an exhibition upstairs that I nearly passed on but this made up for my earlier disappointment. "Right before I die." Do not miss... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2015

This museum is located in a church that was transformed into a hospital and hospice 500 years ago. It is now filled with religious art, beautiful pieces by Hans Memling and ancient medical instruments. There is a current modern exhibit on the second floor called "Before I Die", which consists of the stories from the lives with terminal illnesses. It... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2015

Wonderful building, great art collection. Had a good hour plus looking around. In interesting area of Bruge, lively with lots of places to see.

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Markethill, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015

Well worth a visit for the art and history but I was disappointed that there was not more of the old hospital set-up to be seen as the blurb in the museum guide suggested. However - there are some fabulous church carvings and the Memling paintings are wonderful.

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Post Falls, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2015

Located in the middle of Brugge right across Mariastraat from the Cathedral, it is an interesting slice of history. You will definitely walk away with a new appreciation of modern medicine. What would have made it a much better display, would have been some recreated patient rooms, operating rooms and perhaps examination rooms. There was some very interesting paintings throughout... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2015 via mobile

It's got very limited "hospital related" items. Very few medical instruments. It seems to be more of a church. Loads and loads of pics of holy things. I felt it was a complete waste of time and a rip off. The name is very deceiving, I expected to see an old hospital. Don't waste your time or money. The only... More 

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