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St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal)

Sint-Baafsplein | Casco Historico de la Ciudad, Ghent 9000, Belgium
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Ranked #4 of 103 Attractions in Ghent
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

This cathedral for some reason had such a profound affect on me. Entering the haven of the cathedral was such a stark contrast from the lively atmosphere of the Christmas markets right outside its door! It really felt like a place of peace as I walked around looking at the intricate decor. The altar area isn't as extravagant as others... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 via mobile

Very beautiful cathedral which you can enter for free. For the visit of the famous painting you have to pay a small fee which includes a audio guide. The audio guide is very extensive and gives you a lot of information. Really worth visiting!

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Cheshunt, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Really pretty cathedral to see and even nicer with it be being christmas time. Wondered all around and took in the beautiful architecture and sights. Highly recommend a visit here:)

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Really impressive cathedral but the polyptych of the Mystic Lamb was well worth seeing with a useful audioguide included

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We had been in Ghent in September, and it was a different experience in December, with the Christmas market crowds. However, the Cathedral is worth visiting, as ever, and is an oasis of quiet. It is a vast building, and will be wonderful once the outside restoration, and restoration of the Mystic Lamb is finished,

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

In each of my Gent visits I go around the old town because is lovely and unique to look at those buildings and you feel transported to those years and moments. During summer you see plenty of people walking and seating near the river side.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

One of the highlights of our visit to Ghent was the opportunity to study the amazing and exquisite Adoration of the Mystic Lamb altarpiece by Jan and Hubert Van Eyck. While it is free to enter the Cathedral, one must pay 4 euro to see the altarpiece in a small room in the back of the church. It was somewhat... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

When in Ghent, a visit to St Bavo is a must. The Adoration of the lamb altarpiece, painted by Jan van Eyk is here. There is a charge of 4 euros to see this. There is audio commentary (with a choice of languages) that is included in the ticket price. We had to watch the film "Monuments Men" when we... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Wow, what a truely magnificent cathedral, and the highlight of my visit to Ghent. Don't be put off by the scaffolding on the exterior. There's so much to see inside. The main altar is stunning, and the beauty within the Cathedral reflects the historic wealth of the city. Although it is free to look around,there is a charge of 4... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Can't comment on the front view of the Cathedral since there is construction going on. Not to mention the Ferries Wheel being built in front. But the inside is amazing- high ceilings with so many bricks! Loved the inside of the Cathedral!

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