Catedral de San Bavon (Sint-Baafskathedraal), Ghent

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Named for a local saint, Catedral de San Bavon (Sint-Baafskathedraal), with its Gothic tower, rises high above the town center. A church or abbey has stood on the site since 942 CE, playing a pivotal role in European history, including the baptism of Charles V. The cathedral is home to a number of masterworks by local artists, such as Hubert and Jan van Eyck, as well as Justus van Gent. Don't miss Van Eyck's masterpiece "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb," displayed in a prominent position inside the chapel, and "Saint Bavo enters the Convent at Ghent" by Peter Paul Rubens, on the cathedral's walls. Visit the cathedral's website for notifications of choral concerts and regular services. Plan to visit Catedral de San Bavon (Sint-Baafskathedraal) during your Ghent vacation using our convenient Ghent travel itinerary maker.
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One of Belgium's main cities, Ghent offers a good variety of places to stay. Because of its proximity to the capital city of Brussels and the city of Bruges, Ghent has fewer options than one might expect for a city of its size. Locals recommend booking a room in advance. The city has options for travelers on any budget, from inexpensive hostels to pricier hotels, with most visitors choosing to stay within the historical center. Prices drop slightly as you move away from the Old Town.
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  • If any cathedral rates 5 stars it's this one. The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by Jan Van Eyck is on display (but note they close the wing panels to show the backside...and thus cover up the main pane...  more »
  • Of the many cathedrals I've visited around the world this has to be one of my favourites, it's just stunning inside. The icing on the cake for me was the opportunity to view the Ghent Altarpiece, just...  more »
  • After the Mystic Lamb, take time to appreciate the whole cathedral interior. We were lucky enough to be there when a chorale was rehearsing for an evening performance.  more »
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  • Welp, this thing is old. Hella old. It's older than the oldest person i know. My grandad, and he is almost 90. It feels sturdy. Ceiling is quite high. It is forth the visit. When i was visited, there was a special stuff going on. It required a fee, so i passed and just looked at the other things.
  • Has alot to see even without paying to see the lamb. Even the crypt is filled with interesting items.
  • Nice looking cathedral. Not huge. Nice architecture but very typical. Ghent is a very pleasant and picturesque city.
  • Just next to Ghent Belfry, another amazing tower standing at 89 meter tall! The church staff was kind enough to let me take pictures.
  • The cathedral is the oldest of the churches in the middle of Ghent. Truely a marvel to behold inside and out.