Basilica of the Holy Blood (Heilige Bloed Basiliek)-Bruges (Brugge), Belgium: Part 1

This church is located in the Burg square near the Town Hall. It has two chapels. It has an ornate façade and has some small golden hued statues atop. It is a small chapel. The lower one is the St. Basil (a figure of the Greek church) chapel and a wide staircase leads to the first floor to the chapel of the Holy Blood.  This dates back to (more…)

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Church of Our Lady & Statue of Madonna and the Child – Bruges, Belgium – Part 2

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The Madonna of Bruges depicts Mary with the infant Jesus. It is sculpted in marble.  The statue depicts a seated Mary with the toddler Jesus trying to take a step and being lightly supported by Mary’s left arm and leg. It is exactly what toddlers do when they have just learned to walk. It is a very comfortable and secure position for the child.
 
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The Beguinage (Begijnhof) of Bruges, Belgium

A little walk down Mariastraat onto Katelijnestraat and turning right into Wijngaardstraat one would come upon the Beguinage of Bruges and Wijngaardplein. The Beguinage is across the bridge over the canal. This is located just north of Minnewater. It is essentially rows of dwellings which were earlier used by the “Beguines”. There is a church, a small museum and these dwellings surround an area of grass and poplar trees.

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