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St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal)

Hoofdkerkstraat 1, Ghent 9000, Belgium
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Ranked #4 of 113 attractions in Ghent
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

For a visit to Ghent I was totally unprepared, so it was surprise for me to enter the church in scaffolding and find such a beautiful interier. The second surprise was the van Dijk's altar - adoration of the lamb. We had to pay entrance fee but there was no queu and no crowds, therefore we were able to enjoy... More

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We only had time to visit one thing whilst in Ghent and I am so pleased we chose this. The cathedral has a stunning interior, which takes your breath away as you enter. It is also home to the Masterpiece "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb". For just 4 Euros you are in for a treat. It is said to... More

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Braine-Le-Comte
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10 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The Mystic Lamb is under restoration until 2017. Two Thirds are on display at St. Bavo's Cathedral The panels currently being worked on are replaced by black and white replica's. I lived in Belgium for four years, and my husband visited the alterpiece again with several colleagues two weeks ago. Additionally, St. Bavo's is filled with priceless paintings and other... More

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WAREMME
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Fantastic architecture , but a touris trap in the famous painting that you cannot see as it is in a museum till 2017 to be "refurbished"

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Israel
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52 reviews 52 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I wanted to visit the place after my business meeting but surprisingly at 19:00 the doors were closed. It looks nice form the outside but I am sure that there is what to see inside. Maybe next time

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Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
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137 attraction reviews
275 helpful votes 275 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Despite the exterior being covered in scaffolding the interior was as beautiful as others have described. We were unable to gain access the previous day due to a service (Easter Sunday) but the cathedral was open to all on Easter Monday. We didn't view the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb as there was a long queue. There is no restriction... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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36 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We were really amazed with the cathedral. When we entered it there was a choir of children singing carols and hymns and it just lit up the place. We spent 10 mins enjoying and applauding. The music was great. After this we walked around the cathedral. The stain glass windows are amazing and work is really intricate. Very peaceful and... More

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Vitoria, ES
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

During my visit the Cathedral was still going through restoration, as well as part of its main attraction inside (The Mystic Lamb). The church per se is similar to the one in Antwerp. Although there is a sign saying that it is not allowed to take pictures, it is only valid for flash photography or professional usage. The area where... More

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Melbourne
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82 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The cathedral is under renovation so yes it is a shame to scaffolding instead of the building itself. Go inside and look up at the ceilings, view the lead light windows and the paintings - it is truly amazing the craftsmanship all those centuries ago.

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Brookmans Park, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The Adoration of the Lamb by van Eyck was the highlight, but an impressive building in its own right.

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