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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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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Great Historical Cathedral

Not to be missed, its tower rises high over the City, home of the mystic lamb painting, some say the most beautiful cathedral in Belgium, set aside an hour and take a look for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Sad to see most of the smaller.chapels are locked up. No photos permitted, although that wasn't always honored in the crypt. Adoration of the Mystic Lamb is worth seeing (for a small fee). Appreciated that access is limited so one can get quite close.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

When we went the cathedral was wrapped in scaffolding and tarpaulin. Inside was spacious, a big pulpit, some paintings etc. but fairly austere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Not to be missed, its tower rises high over the City, home of the mystic lamb painting, some say the most beautiful cathedral in Belgium, set aside an hour and take a look for yourself, you will not be disappointed

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Much is written about this building and quite rightly! It is amazingly high and the ceilings and chapels are most impressive. Even if one is "chuched out" this is worth 30 minutes.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The Ghent Altarpiece, otherwise known as the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, is one of the great treasures of world art. We were lucky to be able to see it and to listen to the really excellent audio guide. This is a must-see for anyone in Belgium.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Rennovation work was going on from outside when I visited this Cathedrale and it was April 5th, 2015 (Sunday) .It was easter time and the cthedrale was decorated beautifully from inside. It is simply devine.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

More like 12 panels in the altarpiece than 3 ... But wow what a treat.. Small charge but get an audio guide gratis!. Nice exhibits in crypt and a quality pulpit too. We had an extra treat on a Saturday afternoon ,.. A local community choir 'giving it large!' This cathedral is worth an hour of any tourists time!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Definite Recco. Lucky to get in really. We arrived at 4.40pm paid our entry fee (think it was about 5-8e) went in and started to listen to the audio which is a great tip as it helps you to understand what you are looking at. At 445 we were told we only had 15 minutes to go. Normally that would... More 

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Bridport
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Glad I've been to see this master-piece, tourists are a selfish lot especially when they are listening to translations. If you are short do go and stand at the sides to look at the painting and go around the back to the diptic panels, the 'sheep' seem to get transfixed in a lump in front of the glass panelling precluding... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Notre Dame is more famous...the Cologne Cathedral is much larger...but I think St. Bavo's is my favourite. Stunningly beautiful inside with its white and black sculptures and gorgeous stained glass. Somebody happened to be playing the pipe organ while we were there too which definitely added to the whole atmosphere. The gold 'ark' where the remains of the 3 Wise... More 

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