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Hospital of St John (Bruges)

Hospital of St John (Bruges)




Open: 9:30am- 5pm

Closed Mondays

Cost: €8 / €6




Description of Sint Jan Hospitaal Museum or Hospital of Saint John

Sint Jan Hospitaal Museum or Hospital of Saint John in Bruges is a medieval hospital that dates back to the 12th century. It was finally closed in 1976 making it one of the oldest continuously operating hospitals open in the World. Today it houses a museum that includes well preserved 15th century dispensary. The sick room, displays paintings, medical objects, antique furniture and archives illustrating the daily life of the sick and religious communities, brothers and sisters in the sixteenth century, subject to the rule of St. Augustine who managed the hospital initially dedicated to welcoming pilgrims and the needy. The pharmacy, active until 1971, retains its layout of the seventeenth century.




The chapel of the hospital exhibits six masterpieces by the German painter Hans Memling, four of which were painted specifically for the institution.

The Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine where Triptych of John the Baptist and John the Evangelist, (1474-1479), oil on oak wood, 173.6 × 173.7 cm, altarpiece composed of:
Virgin and Child on the throne and four saints (central panel);
Jean-Baptiste's Décollation (left panel);
The Apocalypse of John the Evangelist (right panel);
Triptych by Jan Floreins, (1479), oil on wood, 46.3 × 57.4 cm (central panel), 48.3 × 25 cm (shutters), altarpiece composed of:
Adoration of the Magi (central panel);
The Birth of Christ (left panel);
The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (right panel);
Portrait of Maria Moreel in Persian Sibyl (1480), oil on wood, 38 × 26.5 cm,
Diptych by Maarten van Nieuwenhove (1487), oil on wood, 44.7 × 33.5 cm;
Shrine of St. Ursula, a miniature chapel gilded with gold leaf in which are inserted six panels illustrating the legend of St. Ursula, (1489), 87 × 33 × 91 cm,
Triptych of Adriaan Reins, (1480), oil on wood, 43.8 × 35.8 cm (central panel), 45.3 × 14.3 cm (shutters), altarpiece composed of:
The Lamentation of Christ (central panel);
Adriaan Reins with St. Adrian (left panel);
St. Wilgeforte (right panel);




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