A medical destination since Mediaval times

Hospitals with an international reputation for neonatal care, cancer treatment and robotic surgery. Innovative businesses developing medical apps and new technologies and a brand new university campus for Kinesitherapy and Rehabilitation Sciences. Bruges has a love of medicine in its genes.

Hundreds of years ago, pilgrims would come to Bruges seeking solace within the city gates. From the middle of the 12th century, they were cared for in the St. John’s Hospital, one of the oldest hospital buildings in Europe. In the 19th century, another hospital was built next to St. John’s Hospital which now serves as a conference centre. Both of these buildings are imposing landmarks in the city, and medicine has been practised on this site for over 800 years. Take inspiration from the medieval hospital wards, the impressive art collection which includes seven works by Hans Memling, and the hospital pharmacy. Admire the incredible support structures in the Diksmuide attic and the many medical instruments and feel the ancient knowledge and expertise resonating in the walls around you. It’s not surprising that the top medical experts choose Bruges as the ideal location to meet up.

This fascinating medical heritage adds another dimension to medical conferences.

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