Sint Janshospital, Bruges, Belgium

Saint John's Hospital in Bruges is one of the oldest preserved hospital buildings in the world. It was built in the 12th century and was active until 1978. It grew during the Middle Ages and it was the place were the sick, pilgrims and travellers were cared for by nuns and monks.
The museum displays several medical instruments and furniture but it's better known for six masterpieces of the 16th-century artist Hans Memling, including a shrine of Saint Ursula painted specifically for Saint John's. Unfortunately, the medical display can sometimes be cleared to give way to temporary exhibitions of modern art, which was the case the day I visited.

Opening hours: 9.30 am to 5 pm
Entrance fee: €8

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