St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal), Ghent

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Named for a local saint, St. Bavo's Cathedral (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 St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal) during your Ghent vacation using our convenient Ghent travel itinerary maker.
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  • The retable Altarpiece of the brothers Van Eyck. The Interior of the Church. The crop itself is well worth it.
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  • This impressive Gothic church is located in the centre of the town. Its main attraction is a romanesque crypt and the Altar piece 'Adoration of the Mystic Lamb' by Van Eyck created around 1432 And is ...  more »
  • There's a lot to savor here: the Romanesque part of the crypt, the Gothic church itself which has had later additions, and the amazing Van Eyck altarpiece which has been partially restored (you can se...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Absolutely breathtaking. Location of the Ghent altarpiece. The Crypt is actually a museum. Unfortunately unable to take photos inside.
  • One of the finest cathedrals in Belgium and, therefore, the world. Do pay the few euros needed to see the Lamb of God painting (go left at the entrance of the cathedral), it will be one of the finests works you will ever see, literally worth 50 mona lisas.
  • From the outside it looks like a big church. From the inside its the most impressive church I've ever seen. It's so big, as you wander round, there are lots of other mini rooms and places of worship all along the corridors. A must see if your in the area. The general decor/colour is quite dark - it's very unusual colour mix.
  • The Altarpiece, as reported in other reviews, is extraordinary and is worth the time and effort. Vastly under-appreciated.