Named for a local saint, Saint Bavo's Cathedral, 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. To visit Saint Bavo's Cathedral and other attractions in Ghent, use our Ghent online journey planner .
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Saint Bavo's Cathedral Reviews
Конечно же, туристы идут в Кафедральный собор святого Бавона, чтобы увидеть мировую достопримечательность - Гентский алтарь работы братьев Ван Эйков. А также в храме работа Рубенса. Сам по себе храм, ... more »Of course, tourists go to St. Bawon Cathedral to see the world landmark - the Ghent altar of the Van Eykov brothers. And also in the temple work of Rubens. The temple itself, of course majestic, built in the Gothic style, during its entire existence has been rebuilt many times. And it was built for about 300 years. It was originally called St. John's Cathedral.
This is an amazing building the windows ,the statues , shop and history. Do but the souvenir book. It is beautiful inside and out more »
The height of the ceiling is impressive enough! Everything is on a "Grand" scale. Disappointed one couldn't take photos. I personally didn't like the dark marble but maybe that's just a taste thing. A... more »
Absolutely stunning! Do not miss it on your visit to Ghent. To see the Adoration of The Mystic Lamb you'll have to pay 4 euro (audio guide included). Please do note that the tower is open only during the Ghent festival in July! If you want to see the city from above during the rest of the year, you can climb the belfry tower (8 euro).
(Detailed review below) Ambience - 5/5 Accessibility - 3/5 Cost - 4/5 Service - 4/5 Ambience - This church is really grand with beautiful carvings, statues, sculptures, stained glass. There’s a certain majestic feel with this as you enter through the huge doors. And of course, it houses the Gent Altarpiece which has such an interesting story behind it. The ticket to enter the viewing gallery also covers the rental of the audio guide which is really useful in understanding the symbolism of the paintings. If you like art and history, don’t give this a miss. Accessibility - For the most part, the cathedral is accessible with a wheelchair but towards the back, there are steps to raised floors leading towards the crypts. Cost - Entry to the view the Altarpiece is ticketed but the cost goes towards an audio guide too so it’s not too bad. The viewing gallery is literally a small room in the corner that houses the Altarpiece and not much else. The rest of the church is free to explore. Tip - There are multiple signs prohibiting the taking of photos/videos in the church but strangely enough, none of the staff was enforcing that rule and all the tourists were busy snapping away. Obviously, please refrain from using flash. Service - No issues with staff but it wasn’t entirely clear at the beginning that the ticket entry included the audioguide. The ticket seller could have been a bit friendlier and pointed that out or welcoming visitors.
Great cathedral that’s free to go into!! It’s huge and definitely worth a visit! You can also pay €2 to go up the tower 10am-5pm which is great and well worth it as you get an incredible view of all of Gent! As it is the highest building there you can see for miles even above the bell tower that’s right opposite and across to the castle and much further! Great view for everyone especially photographers!! However there are a lot of steps so only do it if your healthy and can handle lots and lots of steps! You can also look through a window and see into the church from high up which is cool!
Historic and scenic. The artwork is fabulous. And that ceiling height has to be seen to be believed. Lots going on in the area, so not just a flying visit for this. You can sit out across from it with a coffee and admire the outside too.
Ghent is a really pretty city and I can't imagine how it must have been during the XV-XVI century. This cathedral is just impressive, not only the size but the art. Besides from the world famous Adoration of the mystic lamb there is also a huge painting from Rubens. Visiting the Mystic Lamb costs 4 euros, totally worth the price. If you are noon you will see the tryptic closed but you can come back later to see it open without having to pay extra.
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