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St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal)

Address: Sint-Baafsplein | Casco Historico de la Ciudad, Ghent 9000, Belgium
Phone Number: 32 9 225 16 26
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Ranked #4 of 100 Attractions in Ghent
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

After over 3 years in Belgium, we finally managed to visit Ghent and St. Bavo's was on the top of our places to visit while here. I had wanted to see the altar pieces for years and was so happy that we got to do so. The line was non-exigent as we went during a cold winter day. The cathedral... More 

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

St. Bavo's is one of three must-see sights in Ghent, and if not for the Altarpiece I'd recommend skipping Ghent altogether (the other two are Graslei and Gravensteen). The church itself is nothing special, but the Altarpiece holds such historical significance that it's a must see. I was shocked by how large the piece is! It's really enormous and the... More 

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Courtenay, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Well worth the visit. The painting of the Adornment of the Lamb completed in 1434 is quite exquisite and the detail unbelievable. It is however in a very small room and it is difficult to get in and out. After viewing you can get a very close up look at a replica elsewhere in the cathedral. Do take time to... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Everything in Ghent is pretty close by. It's a lovely walking city, and the Cathedral is easy to find. We did have to hunt around a bit for the Altarpiece. There is a door on the left in the back where you pay a small fee to see the Altarpiece. It's in a small room where you can view both... More 

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East Moriches, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This is a beautiful church where we attended Christmas mass. The bishop was welcoming and greeted every parishioner at the door. It was a uniquely special experience. We went back the next day to take a closer look at all of the art and history. We wound up spending 2+ hours combing through all there is to see. (Be sure... More 

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Deal, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

The undoubted highlight of our visit was the Ghent altarpiece. (It is the reason for the five-star rating. The rest of the Cathedral is barely worth three stars.) There is a small charge to enter the chapel in which it is displayed. The chapel is much too small to accommodate all the people who want to enter and, for security... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Not visiting the church is almost like not visiting Ghent. The church itself with its many choirs is impressive and we also enjoyed the extended crypt showing the true and modest origins of this church. Highlight is the painting by the van Eyck brothers : "The lamb of god". However at this moment it is put away in a rather... More 

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Oak Ridge
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

If it is cold, don't go here to get warm. The cathedral was very cold, but very informative and inspiring. I only wish I could have taken pictures -- the light inside the church is wonderful.

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Denham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 via mobile

Thanks to the movie The Monuments Men, the Ghent altarpiece has become a popular tourist attraction, located at St Bavo's Cathedral. It is free to enter the cathedral, but to view the altarpiece there is a small fee. The audio guide is worth the price unless you do your homework about the piece in advance.

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Beautiful and great church, still intensely used as a place of worship. It feels empty, dignified, a place to come to rest after all the business of the city, and really an excellent place to have some rest, or to contemplate.

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