Basilica of the Holy Blood

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This 12th-century Romanesque basilica contains what is believed to be a cloth stained with the blood of Jesus Christ brought back from the Holy Land in the 1100s. It also houses relics from St. Basil the Great, as well as multiple paintings and sculptures. Every May, the basilica hosts the Procession of the Holy Blood, a celebration that dates to the 1300s, where a relic of what is believed to be the blood of Jesus Christ is paraded through the streets of Bruges accompanied by some 1,700 people and with more than 30,000 spectators.

Recent travelers called the basilica "beautiful" and said it hosts thousands of visitors every month – so be prepared for crowds. Others noted that you cannot photograph the relic of Christ's blood.

The basilica is located just east of the Belfry. It is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2 to 5:30 p.m. The basilica itself is free to visit, but tickets to the treasury museum cost 2.50 euros (about $2.75). For more information, visit the church's website.

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Considered one of the most photographed areas of Bruges, Rozenhoedkaai, or Quay of the Rosary, is a picturesque spot where the Dijver and Groenerei canals meet. Sit back and relax while enjoying the lovely canals, beautiful old buildings and charming bars, restaurants and hotels.

Visitors also recommend checking out Rozenhoedkaai during the evening hours and say it's a great spot to hop on a boat for a canal tour.

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