Before a trip to Bruges I had never associated Belgium with religion except maybe my junk loving religion based around fries, beer and chocolate. This was the case until I stumbled upon a place called Heilig-Bloedbasiliek or... for those of us who don't actually speak Dutch: The Basilica of the Holy Blood.
The Basilica was tucked in the corner on Burg Square, barely noticable except that the aesthetics of the architecture was completely different to the buildings next to it. Churches and basilicas are all around Europe but for the most part they are large, grandiose things that stand alone. It was shocking to see something of this sort so I went inside. It was completely empty so I walked around lackadaisically looking about the practically barren walls of the chapel but as I left, thinking that to be it and admittedly disappointed because I felt like i missed out on some strange story to tell. Alas I noticed another set of stairs which lead up rather than to what I found out was the lower chapel for private prayer.
With a queue that was long I seemed to be the only one unsure of what was happening so I asked and ever the skeptic I had to see this to myself. This being blood of Jesus. Yep. That seams to be about as likely as the paintings depicting him as a European looking man. However it wasn't even three euros and so I joined the line. I didn't know what to do, if i should give a Hail Mary or something while I was looking but it took about twenty seconds at most and it was over.
The gold and glass encasement was beautiful and it was a strange thing to find in Bruges but then again Collin Farrell would've been even stranger. Sadly I didn't run into him there even though I sent him a tweet.
Conclusion: I doubt it but it's only 2.50 euros so check it out anyway. If you're in Belgium over Easter be sure to go see the procession the chapel puts on. Apparently it's quite an interesting thing.
Please note: No offence was meant by this post. My genuine apologies if I do seem to be insulting a religion by this post.