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St-Janshospitaal, Brugge: 21 reviews and 44 photos

  St Janshospital
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In front of Our Lady's church stands the large complex of the medieval St. John's hospital, one of the oldest still existing hospitals in Europe. In 1978 it lost its function as hospital and harbors now the Memling museum, the hospital museum and the old pharmacy.
The oldest known document with rules for the hospital dates from 1188. It shows that the 'brothers and sisters' of the hospital did not really belong to a religious order with strict rules. In this respect, they did not make vows like other religious orders. This changed in 1236 when the bishop of Tournai insisted that the brothers and sisters made vows of obedience, chastity and poverty. They were also then obliged to wear a religious habit. It was only in 1459 that bishop Chevrot succeeded in transforming the lay order of brothers and sisters of St. John's hospital into a real religious order with formal vows. The reason why the occupants of the hospital accepted this was political : by placing themselves under the authority of a religious institution they could diminish the power of the city's magistrate and Duke Philip the Good.
Oud Sint-Janshospitaal & Memlingmuseum, Mariastraat 38. In de kerk en de aanpalende Corneliuskapel van het historische St.-Janshospitaal (13e- 14e eeuw) worden zes authentieke meesterwerken van Hans Memling bewaard. In de voormalige ziekenzalen worden voorts meubelen, schilderijen en voorwerpen tentoongesteld die verwijzen naar de rijke geschiedenis van het hospitaal. Leerrijk is tevens een bezoek aan de Oude Apotheek uit de 17e eeuw. De stijlvol gerenoveerde 19e-eeuwse gebouwen van hetzelfde hospitaal bieden onderdak aan het Kunst- en Congrescentrum Oud Sint-Jan, dat een aangepaste infrastructuur biedt voor congressen, tentoonstellingen, e.d.m.

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