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The oldest traces of the cathedral of Saint Saviour in Bruges bring us back to the 9th century. The main parts of the church are built in so-called Gothic of the Schelde style of the 14th century. This cathedral has some special places worth seeing. We call here the late Gothic choir stalls (1430), the pulpit in the style of Louis XVI, the baroque rood loft with the impressive organ, the chapel of Saint Jacob (now baptistery) with the murals from the end of the 13th century until 1576, the paintings of the flemish school (14th - 17th century), the tapestries from the 18th century and so on.

Opening hours

Kerk

Monday - Friday 10:00 - 13:00 14:00 - 17:30
Saturday 10:00 - 13:00 14:00 - 15:30
Sunday 11:30 - 12:00 14:00 - 17:00

Treasury

Monday - Friday 14:00 - 17:00
Saturday closed
Sunday 14:00 - 17:00
 

+ Eucharists

Monday - Friday 18:00
Saturday 16:00
Sunday 10:30

 

WAY OF THE CROSS TOWARDS INNER STILLNESS

The “Way of the Cross towards inner stillness”  has been created by Jac Bisschops, who was born in Bocholtz (The Netherlands) in 1952. He worked on it between 2008 and 2010. The fifteen Stations of his Way of  the Cross are based on five basic colours which  are used three times each: 

- ultra-marine blue: colour of infinity, immensity, inscrutability;
- brown-ochre: colour of earthliness, transitoriness;
- black: colour of the night, darkness, destruction and death;
- titanium-white: colour of purity, revelation of immaterial truths;
- gold: colour of the divine light, of resurrection.

 

Through the interplay of vertical and horizontal lines, combined with the basic colours, the spectator can experience the essential message of each Station of the Cross. According to Jac Bisschops, everyone can discover in them what happens during a meditation: penetration into the essence of our human nature, descent into our inner self, contact with the stillness deep within ourselves. Contemplation is the starting point of Jac Bisschops’ work of art. His abstract images are guided by a strict sense of measurement, based on the proportions of the golden section. He uses his material sparingly and with great concentration: tempera, caseine or acryl are applied in very thin layers, one upon the other, until the proper intensity of colour is reached. In this way, he tries to reach simplicity, harmony and clarity. By putting the colours in the right balance with each other, he attempts to create an all-embracing sound that stirs our soul.

© Sint-Salvatorsparochie Brugge