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 2021, the procession will take place on Thursday 13th 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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Online video recording on May 21, 2020
At the end of March, the organization of the Procession of the Holy Blood unfortunately had to decide in consultation with the city council that it would not be possible to organize the Procession of the Holy Bloed this year in a correct, high-quality and safe manner on Thursday 21 May, due to the corona virus COVID-19.
The recording of the procession has a duration of 48 minutes and can be viewed on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 2:30 PM with Dutch audio and English pancartes and subtitles.
First, the morning ceremony is discussed, where the relic of the Holy Blood is brought from the Holy Blood Chapel to the Saint Salvators Cathedral. Then follows the actual procession, with the parts Old Testament, New Testament, the historical part and the worship of the Holy Blood. Finally, the closing ceremony on the Burg is also shown.
The Procession of the Holy Blood is postponed to next year’s edition, and will continue on Thursday May 13, 2021.
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|
|€ 12,00 p/p
€ 4,00 p/p
|Groups (20+ people)|
|€ 10,75 p/p
€ 3,50 p/p
Tickets for the stands and benches can be purchased online from March 1, 2021. You also can reach Tourist Info ‘t Zand (Concertgebouw, open from Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday and public holidays: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.) , Tourist Info Market Place (Historium, open from Monday-Sunday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.) or call +32(0)70 22 12 12.