"St Jansziekenhuis" St-Janshospitaal Tip by tompt

St-Janshospitaal, Brugge: 21 reviews and 44 photos

  st Janshospital attached to the church
by tompt

The medieval St. John's hospital is one of the oldest still existing hospitals in Europe. The large complex can be found next to Our Ladys church. Since 1978 it is no longer a hospital but hosts the Memling museum, the hospital museum and the old pharmacy.
The oldest known document about the hospital dates from 1188.
The first and oldest part of the hospital was built in the Mariastraat. The hospital was built to provide housing and care for pilgrims and traveling salesmen. Also sick people were accepted (if their illness was not contagious). A hospital then was not the same as a hospital now. In the Middle-Ages people turned to the hospitals to find a roof, food and religious assistance in their hour of need and in their time of dying.
During the 13th and 14th centuries more halls and sick-bays were added to the complex. Not all sick people were accepted, in Bruges there were special institutions for lepers and insane people.

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  • Written Jan 3, 2004
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