The Procession of the Holy Blood dates back to at least 1303 and takes place in Bruges every year on Ascension Day, which is 40 days after Easter. The biblical parade travels through the streets in the largest procession of its kind in the city, including a platoon of Roman soldiers, floats and thousands of participants in period dress. Legend has it that in 1150, after the second Crusade, Thierry d'Alsace, Count of Flanders, brought the relic of the Holy Blood of Jesus back from Jerusalem, to be placed in the Basilica on the Burg. What we know for sure is that the legend contains several elements of popular belief and folklore. The Procession of the Holy Blood was also added by UNESCO to the representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009.

Although there have been many changes to the procession over the centuries, the heart of the event is the reenactment of the passion and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the parading of the relic of the Holy Blood around Bruges for the public to see. Nowadays you can watch the parade from anywhere along the route which passes through central Bruges for an hour and a half. You do not need to buy a ticket unless you wish to watch from a stand or bench. For anyone that can't make the parade, you can see the relic of the Holy Blood at its home, the Basilica of the Holy Blood on the Burg square.   

The Procession of the Holy Blood, Bruges

Where

Basilica of St Basil, Burg Square, Markt Square and streets in the centre of Bruges 
8000 Bruges

When

From Thursday, 30 May 2019
To Thursday, 30 May 2019

Contact

+32 50 44 46 46

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