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St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal)

Hoofdkerkstraat 1, Ghent 9000, Belgium
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Ranked #4 of 114 Attractions in Ghent
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Having seen many of the great cathedrals of Europe, St Bavo's is certainly substantial but it is not one that I would go out of my way to specifically recommend you visit. If you are passing by then that's fine. It is in some respects a work in place as they restore parts of it.

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PORTLAND
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Although I wasn't particularly impressed with this cathedral (amongst all those of Europe), it does have the "Mystic Lamb" (much better known now due to the book The Momument's Men), which you pay about 4 euros to see (which includes an audio guide that is almost essential).

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Milan, Italy
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Gand's Cathedral, which is an example of Flemish gothic style, contains one of the most famous masterpieces of painting of all times: the polyptych of the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by Hubert and Jan van Eyck of the first half of the XV century.This title is after the lower middle panel, where a lamb is worshiped by groups of... More

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

It's funny, I never saw the movie Monuments Men until the plane home from Europe after this visit. One of the pieces of stolen artwork from the movie is here. The Gent Alterpiece. It's a pretty incredible piece. Although most of the cathedral was under renovation and covered in scaffolding, it's still a great visit.

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Crossmichael, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

St Bavo's Cathedral is breathtaking...every painting, carving, piece of written work, every memorial, tomb or ante room is just simply a beautiful work of art. An entire building given over to extreme beauty and the centrepiece for me was the absolutely outrageously beautiful altar by Laurent Delvaux right in the heart of the cathedral made from Carrera marble and oak... More

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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

The cathedral is beautiful. But we came to see the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb. A side chapel has a copy that may be photographed, but the original (in a different chapel) has a modest admission charge and photography is prohibited (unless you're like some people who don't care about rules). The panels are famous, and perhaps good 'art' but... More

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Honiton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This is the location of the van Eyk altarpiece nearly 1000 years old. A treasured bit of art, so much so a certain A Hitler acquired in WW2. Now returned, and in course of restoration. Free admission to catherdral, but extra for the Altarpiece itself

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Cromer, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

A stunning cathedral. But don't miss seeing the crypt - you could miss it because the entrance is small. It is sited under the choir and sanctuary and has some amazing things on display. It retains the old dedication of the cathedral - which was originally St. John the Baptist. S. Bavo comes much later on. The thing , of... More

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Waterloo, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The Adoration of the Lamb lives up to its billing: there is so much detail to absorb, and the audio guide helps greatly with identifying and explaining the features that would otherwise easily elude the lay viewer. I did find some viewers lacking in basic etiquette - too much talking and photography. With so many high quality images available for... More

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Well worth visiting for the Van Eyck alter-piece. It's amazing, but no photos allowed. You will receive an audio guide as part of the entry fee. It is very interesting and informative. The detail of the painting is amazing - such detail. Its rescue is shown in the recent film The Monuments Men.

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