Old St. John's Hospital

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Timings : 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM (closed on Mondays)

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Old St. John's Hospital, Bruges Overview

Founded in the mid-12th century, this medieval hospital started as a place for caring and rest of the sick and tired. Only later, in the 19th century, when the building was expanded did it convert into a proper hospital with eight wards in total. This building stopped the operations of the hospital in 1977 when it was shifted to a better complex in Brugge-Sint Pieters. It was then handed over to the Bruges government which then converted it into a museum of sorts. This hospital is located at a distance from all other attractions.

It houses six paintings of Hans Memling, various other artworks - furniture, sculptures, silverware, pewterware, medical instruments, apothecary and hospital records showcasing how hospitals functioned back in the medieval age. The six paintings - including the famous wooden St. Ursula Shrine - are showcased in the infirmary of the hospital. This place is popularly known as Memling Museum, where people from all over the world come to see the Flemish painters work on religious matters and sculptures. The pharmacy has also been preserved to represent its Golden Age functioning to visitors.

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How To Reach Old St. John's Hospital

Some of the nearby locations to travel to the cathedral are :
Nearest Bus Stop: Brugge O.L.V. Kerk (3 kms from Old Saint John’s Hospital)
Nearest Railway Station: Bruges/Brugge (110 m from Old Saint John’s Hospital)
One can easily take any of these routes or decide to hire taxis or cabs for a more private tour.

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