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Address: Cataloniestraat, Ghent, Belgium
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Great architecture, worth seeing.

Saint Nicholas has the unfortunate placement near St Bavo's Cathedral. And while St. Bavo's grabs the affection of many with its size and impressive art, Saint Nicholas tends to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
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The Hague, The Netherlands

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Saint Nicholas has the unfortunate placement near St Bavo's Cathedral. And while St. Bavo's grabs the affection of many with its size and impressive art, Saint Nicholas tends to be understated and more simple. Many beautiful arts and collections in the church. You can see where it has been added over the years. Worth walking through and seeing its art... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Saint Nicholas Church is right at the centre of historical Gent. Adjacent to the popular "Korenmarkt" (wheat market), it remains one of the famous landmarks since the 12th to 13th century. I found it airy and bright inside (rather unusual) and majestic outside - thanks to the designer/architect. I understand some of the articles inside the church were removed/destroyed by... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

The other big church of Ghent, has a marvelous interior as well with lots of paintings and architectural designs to admire. There is a small fee to pay (as a contribution) that it funds its ongoing restoration, but nothing to pricey. Unless you are an art lover or an architect, seeing so many churches and romanesque buildings gets you a... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

So impressive from the outside, St. Nicholas is a typical church of this nature on the inside. You will find the same kind of carved wood and marble statues as you will find all over Belgium. I don't want to say that once you seen them, that's enough, but it does get quite repetitious after awhile as originality seems have... More 

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Naples, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Construction on structure began in early 1300's. It is a prime example of Gothic Scheldt architecture. This style was well known for use of Tournai bluestone in construction. The church is one of the oldest landmarks in Ghent. This cathedral was very popular with the Guilds whose members conducted business nearby. As a mater of fact many of the guilds... More 

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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

This church seems to have a lighter interior than some and very interesting if you appreciate Church architecture. The organ was being played when we visited which added to the atmosphere

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Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Beautiful architecture, great paintings, scupltures, wood artwork. Not to be missed -- it can be visited in 15 minutes or 3 hours, so it should fit into anybody's schedule.

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Kent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Saint Nicholas may not have the fame of Saint Bavo's but it is definitely worth a visit. Like many Belgian churches, it has an impressive pulpit as well as plenty of stunning paintings. However, the highlight of the visit was an organ recital by an incredibly talented organist which enhanced our visit and made our enjoyment of this 13th century... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Was treated to what appeared to be an impromptu and very accomplished Bach organ recital in this 13thC parish church that’s a bit more like a cathedral.

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Salford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This is not the most beautiful church in town but still have own charm and beauty. Restoration still ongoing.

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Additional Information about Saint Nicholas Church

Address: Cataloniestraat, Ghent, Belgium
Location: Europe  >  Belgium  >  Flanders  >  East Flanders Province  >  Ghent
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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