The Procession of the Holy Blood was created in 1304 as an expression of gratitude and faith. It has formed part of the city of Bruges’ rich history since that time. The Procession of the Holy Blood is included on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (UNESCO World Heritage).
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The Procession of the Holy Blood takes place annually on Ascension Day. In 2023, the procession will take place on Thursday 18th May from 2.30 pm onwards.
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The Procession of the Holy Blood goes through Bruges’ city centre streets. You can take place anywhere you like along the route. You also can choose to book a place on a bench or stand.
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Follow the 2023 edition live on your screen
Do you want to come and see on location? Be very welcome! Know that there are many assistance options for people with walking difficulties, for the deaf and hard of hearing, for the blind and visually impaired…
But you don’t have to move. You can also follow the procession in its entirety live on television and via online channels! This live broadcast is ideal for those who cannot move due to work or health situation (sitting for a long time, walking a limited distance…).
Via the live broadcast you can experience Bruges’s Most Beautiful Day on the big screen and from the front row!
- On Thursday, May 18, 2023
- from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm (duration: 90 minutes)
- on this website (online)
- Permanently available online via this website
Review the 2022 edition
Were you unable to experience the Procession of the Holy Blood live in the streets of Bruges? Then you can watch it again here, and experience Bruges’ Most Beautiful Day from the front row!
Concise practical information
You can take place anywhere you like along the route. You do not need to buy a ticket and can simply choose your own preferred place. Watching the procession pass by is free.
Would you like to watch the procession pass by from a bench or the stands? Then you will need to purchase a ticket.
The procession will start in the Dijver at 2.30 pm. The passage of the procession will take about an hour and a half at any point along the route. Depending on the route location, the procession could pass by a little earlier or later. The procession will end at 5.30 pm.
|Reserved / numbered seats|
|€ 12,50 p/p
€ 4,50 p/p
|Groups (20+ people), seniors, visitors with a disability and children under 16 years|
|€ 11,00 p/p
€ 3,60 p/p
Tickets for the stands and benches can be purchased online. You also can reach Tourist Info ‘t Zand (Concertgebouw, open from Monday-Saturday: 10.00 a.m.-1.00 p.m. & 2.00-5.00 p.m., Sunday and public holidays: 10.00 a.m.-2.00 p.m.) , Tourist Info Market Place (Historium, open from Monday-Sunday: 10.00 a.m.-5.00 p.m.) or call +32(0)78 15 20 20 (Monday-Friday: 2.00-5.00 p.m.).