Memling in Sint-Jan, Brugge

Memling in Sint-Jan, Brugge (must see)

The Memling Museum is part of the historic Sint-Janshospitaal attraction in Brugge, the oldest preserved hospital buildings in Europe dating back to the 13th century. The old hospital furniture and furnishings are carefully preserved and displayed in the museum within the old building. Visitors can see the preserved herb garden and apothecary, as it was in the ancient hospital, and the attic has one of the oldest roof truss systems in the world.

The Sint-Jan Hospital is adorned with paintings by German-born 15th-century artist, Hans Memling. He came to Bruges from Brussels to study art under Rogier van der Weyden in 1465 and stayed on to become one of the city’s most respected citizens. The painting at the entrance shows the hospital as it was in the 13th century, with rows of beds set into cubicles. The altar of the chapel has a three-paneled altarpiece of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist, which is regarded as Memling’s masterpiece. Three of his well-known paintings – The Shrine of St Ursula, The Virgin with the Child and the Apple, and the Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine – are found in the altar.

Tip:
Make sure you go up to the top level to see the old huge beamed roof structure if architecture interests you.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 9:30am-5pm

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Memling in Sint-Jan on Map

Sight Name: Memling in Sint-Jan
Sight Location: Brugge, Belgium (See walking tours in Brugge)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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