Right in the middle of the city, all that is best about Bruges and about life in general comes together in a unique cultural site: art and culture, culinary delight, elegant meeting and function rooms, stylish interiors and spacious outdoor terraces with a magical view of the city’s picturesque canals.
Whoever enters the Old St. John Site will be amazed by the almost tangible presence of the rich history of Bruges. This is the spot where one of the earliest infirmaries in medieval Europe once stood. During the 19th century, it was home to the St. John’s Hospital, with its large communal wards. Following the closure of the hospital in 1976, these spacious wards were restored and since 1989 have formed part of the Old St. John Congress and Event Centre. The different halls are ideally suited for the organization of congresses, trade fairs, events and social functions of all kinds.
Are you looking for knowledge, inspiration, art, some peace and quiet? Or do you just want a tasty bite to eat? One address: the Old St. John Site.
An event location with everything under one roof: in addition to easy accessibility, on-site parking (P Zonnekemeers) and a unique setting, our personal approach to your needs is our greatest strength. Experienced staff will help you to make your choice from twelve multi-functional rooms, bearing in mind your specific wishes and budget. We will provide the best possible environment and framework for your exhibition, company activity, wedding reception, fashion show, trade fair, congress or meeting. The courtyard garden adds a little extra charm and for the right culinary touch you can always rely on our in-house caterers, Traiteur Cardinal.
Imposing halls housing fascinating exhibitions, often with a surprising approach. Site Oud Sint-Jan regularly hosts temporary expositions that cover a variety of themes, such as art, science and recreation. The site already hosted Picasso, Andy Warhol, Body Worlds (Körperwelten), Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Da Vinci – the inventions of a genius, and Mummies – Secrets of Ancient Egypt.
In 2023, after the previous successful BODY WORLDS exhibit that took place eight years ago at the Old St. John site, this new presentation of BODY WORLDS will showcase a unique collection of real, human, plastinated specimens that illustrate the body in health and distress, while highlighting its potential, strength and vitality. This expo will run until November 5, 2023 (under reservation).