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St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal)

Hoofdkerkstraat 1, Ghent 9000, Belgium
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Ranked #4 of 104 Attractions in Ghent
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

St Bavo's - This church is home of one of the most fascinating paintings in existence. If you have seen the recent movie that dramatized the Allied mission to save some of Europe's masterpieces from the Nazis, Monuments Men, you may remember the Ghent Altarpiece, formally titled The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb. Painted by Jan van Eyk, and perhaps... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

If you are in Get. you should go and see this church. very nice architecture. There is a nice altar there. to see it you need to pay, they don't accept credit card.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

St Bavo is a must see when you are in Ghent, it's located in the historical centre of the city. The interior has many fantastic structures and fittings. The highlight is definitely the Adoration of the lamb altarpiece. You will need to pay 4 euros to see this masterpiece. There is a big crowd so getting up close can be... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Unfortunately when we went to have a look around the cathedral was closed for mass. So we didn't get to have a look around. we did manage to book our trip on a public holiday so not much was open on the Saturday. I was keen to see the mystic lamb so i was gutted that we couldn't get in.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Inspired by the film The Monuments Men we made a day trip from Nijmegen down to Ghent to see the famous Altarpiece - no short day! But we saw so much more. Old Cathedral's are not everyone's cup of tea but we really enjoyed the huge variety of art. The display of the Altarpiece is disappointing, mounted as it is... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This was our first stop in Ghent. The cathedral's major art piece is the Mystic Lamb. You have to pay €5 to see it. Entering the church is free though. There is also a Rubens painting depicting St. Bavo. A rococo pulpit also captivates the eye. My friend bought a lovely porcelain Nativity scene at the gift shop. For €50,... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Visit not just the well known Altarpiece, but have a look in the rest of the cathedral as well. The impressive medieval crypt has a wealth of rare books, golden and silver attributes and liturgical attires on display.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Went here for the second time in three years and on both occasions the Lamb of God altar piece was closed to visitors. Really disappointing but the rest of the building is worth looking at. It wasn't clear to us if the Lamb of God was still being renovated or whether it was merely closed for the bank holiday as... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The cathedral is beautiful in it's own right. It is of course the home to Jan van Eyck's celebrated altarpiece known as the "adoration of the mystic lamb." Be aware however that the altarpiece is under renovation so is currently on display across a few locations. The outer panels are at the fine art museum in their restoration lab but... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This cathedral is massive. It is also quite stunningly beautiful. It can take a while to wander around all the chapels and admire the altars and artwork. The crypt ought to be visited too as there are some rather worthwhile frescoes to be seen as well as a small collection of books. For 4 euros one can see the Van... More

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