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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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If you like old churches or just beautiful spaces, you should spend some time here. This church has many beautiful, gaudy, strange, and curious works. And of course, there is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Knoxville, TN

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

If you like old churches or just beautiful spaces, you should spend some time here. This church has many beautiful, gaudy, strange, and curious works. And of course, there is the Altarpiece. I'm not much of an art lover, but this is a really special work. Do pay the fee and see it. The audio guide that comes with admission... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

A wonderful detailed audio for 4 euros gets you admitted to the area holding the "adoration of the mystic lamb". Try to go early so the tours do not detract you from this wonderful artwork . When the tours are there, the comments and the pushing to get up lose can really detract from this experience . The rest if... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Very interesting and beautiful cathedral. The inside is quite spectacular. You have to pay to see the famous Ghent Altar piece but there is an audio guide which explains the work in great detail

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San Salvador, El Salvador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The cathedral is impressive, from the outside and the inside, the altarpiece is a must and the fee is not expensive, it includes an audio guide and no one is pushing you around or hurrying you up. During our visit there was beautiful organ music, the organ it self is another must, hearing it masterfully played was a great experience.

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Paris
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

St. Bavo is mostly known for van Eyck's "adoration of the lamb" altarpiece, and if you do now know it's amazing story, look it up on wikipedia. No visit of Ghent is complete without St. Bavo, preferably together with the fine arts museum, where the restoration of some of the panels can be seen.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

A very beautiful church. Wanted to see "Adoration of the Lamb". Disappointed in this as it was crowded and difficult to see. Also not permitted to take pictures.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

The cathedral is beautiful but we were very upset by their time schedule. They posted on their website that they are open until 6:00, but when we arrived at 5:00 they did not explain that some parts of the church close earlier. We were admiring the church and asked at 5:10 where the Alterpiece was located and we were informed... More 

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Twickenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Large and impressive cathedral, unfortunately almost permanently under scaffolding. Inside though it is imposing and is an unusual mixture of Gothic with more recent C19th additions around the choir area. Totally mad pulpit sculpted to represent the garden of Eden. It is possible to pay to see the "Adoration of the mystic lam]b" of which two-thirds are always on display... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

If you marvel at churches and at fine artwork, this will be a destination for you in Ghent. St. Bavo itself is lovely, and it's crypts are quite accessible and intriguing. Robes of bishops and chalices and markers for remains. The artwork viewing includes a guide card and a handheld appropriate to your language. It was busy the day we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

If you have seen "The Monuments Men", then this Cathedral will ring a familiar bell. It is where the Ghent Altar piece is housed. An amazing collection of art. The Cathedral is a perfect setting for this prize.

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Additional Information about St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal)

Address: Address: Sint-Baafsplein | Casco Historico de la Ciudad, Ghent 9000, Belgium
Phone Number: 32 9 225 16 26
Location: Europe  >  Belgium  >  Flanders  >  East Flanders Province  >  Ghent
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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