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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
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Most beautiful cathedral in Belgium!

When I walked in the door, I felt the same awe that I felt in the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. The colors, the sculptures, the play of light, along with Gregorian chants softly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Senlis, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

When I walked in the door, I felt the same awe that I felt in the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. The colors, the sculptures, the play of light, along with Gregorian chants softly playing in the background made this an exceptional experience. The pulpit with cherubs and the snake, the crypt with its reliquaries and wall paintings, the many statues... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Absolutely beautiful place with great tryptychs and statues. The crypt is amazing with interesting murals and paintings on the ceiling. A great display in the crypt of previous Bishops vestments.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

The mystic lamb is worth the trip to belgium! Avoid weekends. We are talking about a painting a tryptic actually in the cathedral. The entiere town is womderful but this is the appetizer. Visit ghent, take your time. Try to go soon. 10 years ago most tourists were not goiimg to ghent. Now it's is getting known and in 10... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The Mystic Lamb is placed for security reasons at the end of the Cathedral. The time of the renovation of this altarpiece during the next 5 years some of the pieces who are not in this church. And when the renovation will be finished it is even an open question where it will end. When you go around you will... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

As usual, the continent far outshines anything British cathedrals have to offer. The wealth of history in this building is incredible, and in the crypts they have a fascinating collection of artefacts which played some part in it. There are also side chapels and quiet spaces offering opportunities for prayer or reflection, which can create a powerful moment within such... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

A very nice church and the Altarpiece is the main attraction. It is a beautiful piece of art and well worth the extra price to see it. Take advantage of the audio guide

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

It's a very nice cathedral, but if not for the fact that it houses the adoration of the mystic lambs aka the Ghent altarpiece, nothing out of the ordinary. However this is coming from someone who's seen all the best cathedrals in Europe so you might like it more if you've travelled less. It's easy to get to and just... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We went especially to Ghent to see the magnificent triptych located in the cathedral, “the adoration of the Mystical Lamb” painted by Hubert and Jan Van Eyck, early Flemish painters. The cathedral has been under construction for the last 2 years and the triptych was moved to the museum. Too late in the day for us to go to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Although the Van Eyck is the top attraction in St Bavo, the rest of the cathedral is also worth spending time seeing. The altar and pulpit are both quite unusual, and all the art on the cathedral walls is fantastic, but simply drifting round the crypt looking at the stone and brickwork, murals, and old statues is a real pleasure.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We spent a day in Ghent, travelling from Bruges in a very clean double decked train. Discount fare for over 65s! We bought a day ticket to use the Ghent tram system and found the Cathedral easily. There was a small charge to visit Jan Eyck's Lamb of God altarpiece but this included a very comprehensive audio guide that explained... More 

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