Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Ghent

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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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  • One of the most beautiful Cathedral we have seen. Great wealth. The crypt is very large. Shame to have to pay to see the table of the mystical lamb.
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  • Went there on christmas night with the ceremonie. They were very welcoming for everyone. Inside is beautiful and peaceful and if you are into art you should enjoy de work of van Eyck and their altarpe...  more »
  • Beautiful cathedral worth a visit. One of many churches to go and see around the town. Think this is were the famous sacred lamb altar picture is.  more »
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  • Magnificent Flemish cathedral. The architecture and artwork is amazing. Home of the lamb god alterpiece. Also paintings from Rubens and other Flemish masters. Worth visiting when in Ghent.
  • The cathedral has everything you would expect of a catholic church of this size. The artwork is absolutely magnificent and the architecture itself is also lovely. A must see when you're in the neighbourhood.
  • We went there to see the Van Eyck painting and they closed early. Like every massive cathedral it's pretty impressive architecture, but nothing worth going out of your way for.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful catedral. I love the crudeness of the stone work...

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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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