BASILIQUE DU SAINT-SANG
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Located on the Place du Bourg, next to the town hall, its facade is both Gothic and Renaissance, very busy, grey almost black, with golden statues and stuccoes. The Basilica of the Holy Blood actually consists of two churches: below, the Romanesque chapel Saint-Basile (12th century) has kept its style and its cylindrical pillars. On top, was built over the first one, the flamboyant Basilica of the Holy Blood itself at the end of the 15th century, transformed in the 19th century in a neo-gothic style. It houses many wall paintings from this period, including a triptych depicting a Pietà. We will visit the Museum of the Holy Blood where religious clothing, paintings and the famous shrine that houses the bulb containing the relic of the Holy Blood are on display. According to medieval legends, this net of Jesus' haemoglobin was collected in a vase, the Holy Chalice or Holy Grail, by Joseph of Arimathea, a Jewish notable who proceeded to the descent from the cross and the burial of Jesus. It was then brought back by Thierry of Alsace from the Holy Land (from Constantinople) during theSecond Crusade in the 13th century.
Procession of the Holy Blood. This procession, which takes place on Ascension Day, attracts tens of thousands of spectators every year. The procession presents living paintings from the Old and New Testament, a procession of representatives of the trades of the Middle Ages, and, finally, Thierry d'Alsace bringing back the vial of the Holy Blood from Jerusalem.
Opening time and information on BASILIQUE DU SAINT-SANG
From 10am to 5:15pm. Closed on 01/01 and from 16/01 to 21/01. Museum : Admission 3 € ; -12 years old, free.
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