The Flemish primitives
During Bruges’ Golden Age, the 15th century, the fine arts prevailed. In the wake of the prestigious Burgundian dynasty, the great Flemish Primitives made a name for themselves. The world-renowned works of Jan Van Eyck, Hans Memling and those of other prominent Flemish Masters can be admired at the Groeninge Museum, St John’s Hospital, St Saviour’s Cathedral and the Church of Our Lady. Michelangelo’s world famous ‘Madonna and Child’ can also be found in the Church of Our Lady.
Saint John’s Hospital is one of the oldest hospitals in Europe, dating back to the mid 12th century.
Your first stop should be the wonderful attraction Historium Story, in which you follow the love story of Jan van Eyck’s pupil Jacob.
The Groeninge Museum provides a varied overview of the history of Belgian visual art, with the top-class paintings by the world-renowned Flemish primitives as a highlight.
The Dukes of Burgundy and the vast majority of foreign merchants patronised this church.