The Flemish primitives

The economic affluence of the 15th century brought rich merchants to Bruges. They moved into majestic city palaces, packed with works of art. In the wake of the Burgundian dynasty, the great Flemish primitives, including Jan van Eyck and Hans Memling found their creative niches in Bruges. The fine arts reigned supremely and Bruges quickly became the meeting place and source of inspiration for many artists. The world famous masterpieces and other top collections can be seen today in one of the 26 Bruges Museums.

  • Groeningemuseum
    today: 09:30 - 17:00
    The Groeninge Museum offers a varied overview of the history of Belgian plastic arts.
  • Sint-Janshospitaal
    today: 09:30 - 17:00

    Saint John’s Hospital has an eight hundred-year-old history of caring for pilgrims, travellers, the poor and the sick.

  • Historium Bruges
    today: 10:00 - 18:00

    Seven historically themed rooms, each complete with authentic decor, films and special effects, will take you back to a day in the year 1435.

  • Sint-Salvatorskathedraal (Saint Saviour's Cathedral)
    today: 11:30 - 12:00 / 14:00 - 17:00
    Bruges’ oldest parish church (12th–15th century) has amongst its treasures a rood loft with an organ, medieval tombs, Brussels tapestries and a rich collection of Flemish paintings (14th-18th century).
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