Old St. John's Hospital

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Old St. John's Hospital is an 11th-century hospital in Bruges, Belgium. Located next to the Church of Our Lady, it is one of Europe's oldest surviving hospital buildings. Today part of the hospital complex holds the popular Hans Memling museum.

The hospital grew during the Middle Ages, caring for sick pilgrims and travellers. The site was later expanded with the building of a monastery and convent. In the 19th century, further construction led to a hospital with eight wards around a central building.

The museum nowadays holds a number of works, such as triptychs, by German-born Flemish primitive painter Hans Memling, as well as hospital records, medical instruments and other works of art.

The hospital site is also used as a congress and exhibition centre, the site Oud Sint-Jan.



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