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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
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St. Bavo is mostly known for van Eyck's "adoration of the lamb" altarpiece, and if you do now know it's amazing story, look it up on wikipedia. No visit of Ghent is complete... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

St. Bavo is mostly known for van Eyck's "adoration of the lamb" altarpiece, and if you do now know it's amazing story, look it up on wikipedia. No visit of Ghent is complete without St. Bavo, preferably together with the fine arts museum, where the restoration of some of the panels can be seen.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

A very beautiful church. Wanted to see "Adoration of the Lamb". Disappointed in this as it was crowded and difficult to see. Also not permitted to take pictures.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

The cathedral is beautiful but we were very upset by their time schedule. They posted on their website that they are open until 6:00, but when we arrived at 5:00 they did not explain that some parts of the church close earlier. We were admiring the church and asked at 5:10 where the Alterpiece was located and we were informed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

Large and impressive cathedral, unfortunately almost permanently under scaffolding. Inside though it is imposing and is an unusual mixture of Gothic with more recent C19th additions around the choir area. Totally mad pulpit sculpted to represent the garden of Eden. It is possible to pay to see the "Adoration of the mystic lam]b" of which two-thirds are always on display... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

If you marvel at churches and at fine artwork, this will be a destination for you in Ghent. St. Bavo itself is lovely, and it's crypts are quite accessible and intriguing. Robes of bishops and chalices and markers for remains. The artwork viewing includes a guide card and a handheld appropriate to your language. It was busy the day we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

If you have seen "The Monuments Men", then this Cathedral will ring a familiar bell. It is where the Ghent Altar piece is housed. An amazing collection of art. The Cathedral is a perfect setting for this prize.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Cathedral itself is free. Unlike many other cathedrals, many of the chalices, vestments etc are on display in the crypt. Beautiful artwork everywhere, including the small worship naves. The Adoration of The Mystic Lamb has a nominal charge and is worth seeing as it has survived over six centuries and is very detailed and colorful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

St. Bavo's is a place where one cannot leave without saying a prayer.The sheer grandeur of the exterior was equally magnificent inside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Of course the big reason that attracts people to this church are the panels related to the Mystic Lamb that was featured in the recent movie the Monuments Men. That story is amazing and is worth seeing. Try to go early or late because the room for viewing can get a bit crowded at mid-day. The crypt is worth a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

A stunning Cathedral and free entry I think - there was a concert on when we were there by the Choristers of Ely Cathedral which was fabulous - I'm not sure if this is why we didn't have to pay to get in, definitely worth a look though.

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Address: Address: Sint-Baafsplein | Casco Historico de la Ciudad, Ghent 9000, Belgium
Phone Number: 32 9 225 16 26
Location: Europe  >  Belgium  >  Flanders  >  East Flanders Province  >  Ghent
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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