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St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal)

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Address: Sint-Baafsplein | Casco Historico de la Ciudad, Ghent 9000, Belgium
Phone Number: 32 9 225 16 26
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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St Bavo's Cathedral is one of the main attractions of Ghent. Contained within is the Adoration of the Lamb, as well as many artworks and ornaments. It is an impressive space, and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

St Bavo's Cathedral is one of the main attractions of Ghent. Contained within is the Adoration of the Lamb, as well as many artworks and ornaments. It is an impressive space, and recommended to visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The name is St. Bavo but the locals call it St Baafs. A real palace of old Flemish art and architecture, impossible to imagine building and creating such a palace of beauty today. Add to that the treasure trove of old Flemish paintings, of which "God's Lamb" by Van Eyck is the best known. The original name of the painting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We went for the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, but I nearly brought to tears with how gorgeous the church was. Black and white marble, amazing sculptures, beautiful stained glass. Do see the Adoration and make sure to get the audio guide.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We we're blessed to have a nice weather visiting Ghent and saw this Cathedral. Would highly recommend to friends and family if you are visiting Belgium.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Relaxing, quiet and serene cathedral with a lot to see. The highlight is the Van Eyck brothers' 'Adoration of the Mystic Lamb', kept in a small side-chapel and for which there is a small admission charge. I was disappointed though that this area was anything but quiet and serene. It would have been nice to contemplate the art work in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Not overly touristy, cool place to spend a few hours. There is a replica within the church where you can take a closer look at the alter piece.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The whole of this wonderful cathedral is breathtaking. It reflects five different designs from 12 century through to the sixteenth. The crypt is very atmospheric, with so much to see that its worth a visit in its own right. The cathedral is full of wonderful paintings, sculptures and stained glass that deserve time to view. Of course the "Mystic Lamb"... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Not a great part of our visit, not even the best church in Ghent. Staff were very unhelpful and it seemed only interested in taking you money even down to charging for the leaflets with info on the church.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Stunning Cathedral. Various architectural styles Too much baroque for my taste, but Calvinism only lasted a decade or two here

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We really loved this cathedral -- the architecture is beautiful, the Flemish art stunning, and the Van Eyck brothers' Ghent Altarpiece (now kept in a separate chapel) is a must-see. Mind bogglingly, these paintings date from 1432. An act of rebellion, a lamb sacrificed, a king crowned, people from all walks of life coming to see. Something about medieval art... More 

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