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St-Janshospitaal, Brugge: 21 reviews and 44 photos
Sint-Janshospitaal, one of the oldest health care institutes in Europe, catered for the poor, needy and pilgrims from as early as the 12th century. We know this because the first dated record in the hospital archives, the intern role, is from 1188, though the Romanesque tower was constructed the following century.
The pharmacy came in 1643 in the old monastery and the original layout has been preserved.
The altar piece of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist is often called "The Spiritual Marriage of St. Catherine" because the baby Jesus, held by Mary seated on a throne, is placing a ring on St. Catherine's finger. Around the Madonna stands St. Barbara (reading a book), and the two St. Johns. This is Memling's work and is one of many in this building which incorporates the Memling Museum.
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