“It is oldest parish church in Bruges. It was funded in the IX century, but it became the cathedral in 1834, when Saint Donaas Church, placed in the Burg Square, was destroyed during the French Revolution.”
Shortly after the Belgium’s independence from the Netherlands, the current bishop in that moment promoted the designation of the Saint Salvator church as the Cathedral of the city. The church experienced some changes in order to be adapted to its important new role. The Romanesque church from the IX century turned in to a renewed gothic temple, composed by 3 gothic naves. The tower, started in the XII century, stands out in the city and it is capped with a neo-Romanesquebelfry placed 99 meters above the ground.
THE FORMER CATHEDRAL OF BRUGES.
All historians agree that the worst loss experienced by the city of Bruges was, without a doubt, Saint Donaas Cathedral. We have to know that these lands, due to its strategic position in the center of Europe, have been ravaged by almost all the European wars. Ranging from the Spanish period and the wars against protestants and Dutch people, to the French Revolution and both World Wars. But, the Napoleon army is the one that caused the most harm to the beautiful city of Bruges.
THE INSIDE OF THE CATHEDRAL
Inside of Saint Salvator Cathedral we can admire several artworks such as paintings and tapestries. We also can enjoy a baroque fence made by ArtusQuellinus the Younger. The inside of the cathedral is excessively ornate, something very typical in Belgian churches because of the Counter-Reformation. This Belgian phenomenonin churches, offering restrained outsides and luxurious insides, lead to an exclusive and unique mix of emotions and styles.
The museum is located in the south transept and it houses the altarpiece called “The Martyrdom of Saint Hyppolitum”. The museum also shows jewelry, reliquaries, and some objects used in religious services.
Sint-Salvatorskoorstraat 8, 8000 Brugge.
- From Monday to Friday: from 10:00h to 13:00 and from 14:00h to 17:30h.
- Saturday: from 10:00h to 13:00 and from 14:00h to 15:30h.
- Sunday: from 11:30h to 12:00 and from 14:00h to 17:30h.
- Free entrance.