Sint-Michielskerk, Ghent

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Saint Michael's Church is a Roman Catholic church in Ghent, Belgium built in a late Gothic style. It has rich interior decoration.HistoryDocuments from 1105 testify to the existence on the site of a chapel dedicated to St. Michael which was subordinate to another parish. The building was twice destroyed by fire early in the twelfth century and rebuilt. From 1147 it was recognized as an independent parochial church.Construction of the current late Gothic church was probably commenced in 1440, and took place in two phases, separated by a long interval. During the first phase, in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the western part of the building was built, including the tower, the three-aisled nave and transept. This was completed in 1528. The construction of the western tower continued and by 1566 two levels of the tower were completed. Then, due to religious conflicts, not only did construction stop, but looting and destruction took place. Part of the church was destroyed in 1578 by Calvinists and in 1579 the old choir was demolished.Reconstruction of the church only started in 1623. The early Gothic choir was replaced by a choir in Brabantine Gothic. Local architect Lieven Cruyl made a design for the unfinished western tower in 1662. The design provided for a spire of 134-metre-high in Brabantine Gothic style but was not implemented. As a result of these delays and cost concerns, the tower was in the end never completed. Only in 1828 was a flat roof built over the unfinished tower.
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  • I walked outside and appreciated its beauty; another emblematic building of Ghent where you can take amazing pictures  more »
  • Beautiful church which overlooks the canals. The style is different from the other churches of Ghent. Well located. A must see.
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  • Unfortunately the Church was closed when we visited, but only the exterior deserve so many pictures and they are really very nice.
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  • Very nice church! A lovely place. For me it looks like castle from a farytale. Veey lovely.
  • One of the oldest churches in the region. Dates back to the middle ages. Impressive as usual.
  • Worth a visit surely
  • Not open in November and December it seems unfortunately
  • This is the biggest church of Gent as the beer-brewery-guild was the most powerful guild that time and could effort the biggest of all churches here. It is huge and thats impressing, but there are more spectacular churches. Anyway its a visit worth it and should have been seen! Inside are nice paintings, nice woodwork and interesting windows. The entrace is for free and its in the centre of Gent so you should go there on your visit in Gent!

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