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St Bavo's Abbey, Ghent

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Not to be confused with the cathedral in Haarlem, NetherlandsThe Saint Bavo Cathedral (also known as Sint-Baafs Cathedral, or in Dutch Sint Baafskathedraal) an 89m-tall Gothic cathedral in Ghent, Belgium. It is the seat of the diocese of Ghent. It is named for Saint Bavo of Ghent.DescriptionThe building is built on the site of the former Chapel of St. John the Baptist, a primarily wooden construction that was consecrated in 942 by Transmarus, Bishop of Tournai and Noyon. Traces of this original structure are evident in the cathedral's crypt.The chapel was subsequently expanded in the Romanesque style in 1038. Some traces of this phase of expansion are still evident in the present day crypt.In the subsequent period from the 14th through 16th centuries, nearly continuous expansion projects in the Gothic style were executed on the structure. A new choir, radiating chapels, expansions of the transepts, a chapter house, nave aisles and a single tower western section were all added during this period. Construction was considered complete June 7, 1569.
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  • This abbey is where the city of Ghent has been founded. It's a ruin but still very interesting to visit. Often used for exhibitions and fairs. In past times there was also a medieval church next to th...  more »
  • Beautiful building itself and it gets even more interesting when you, you let accompanied by a guide. A must.
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  • In one corner of the grounds of the Priory Group has become a world heritage site in Ghent. This is the monastery of history can be felt from not doing maintenance, see.
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  • The Flemisch art at its apogee. The sculptures are just absolutely alive and superb.
  • Chuch where not only u can see het land gods, but now and then u get the pleasure tk wonder the insides with the sound of a live harp player.
  • Great and impressive cathedral. Some nice interior too
  • Beautiful cathedral. Was covered in scaffolding for a while but its shining again. Inside you'll find the painting "Ghent Alterpiece" (Lam Gods) from Ven Eyck.
  • The Lamb of God painting is amazingly detailed. It is sad to see the missing pieces. The cathedral was closed for a special event, but looked like it would be very pretty to visit.