Our last day in Bruges before heading to Ghent, we wrapped up our Bruges visit by visiting two of the churches, trying out some additional beers and visiting a former prison which now houses a torture museum.
First up was Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk (Church of Our Lady) built during the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries. It's tower is the tallest structure in Bruges and the third tallest brickwork tower in the world. [*]
Our next sight was at the Beer Wall.
Since The Beer Wall is not just an historical exhibition, but also a bar and restaurant, we took advantage of the patio seating we had seen during our canal tour to taste more of the local brews as well as have a small snack.
Oude Steen (Old Stone) is the former city prison that is now a museum. It features some of the torture and execution devices previously used in the prison. Not for the faint of heart, it has a really weird vibe, and even some of the other visitors are strange looking. After all, what type of person goes to a torture museum? Many of them seemed to have a guilty look about them.
We ended the day with a visit to the Basilica of the Holy Blood. Built between 1134 and 1157, this church claims to have a cloth with the blood of Jesus on it. If you look closely at the picture you can see a priest who ensures that people are properly respectful of the relic. No pictures of the cloth itself are allowed.