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“Beautiful Church” 4 of 5 stars
Review of St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal)

St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal)
Sint-Baafsplein | Casco Historico de la Ciudad, Ghent 9000, Belgium
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Ranked #4 of 103 Attractions in Ghent
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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“Beautiful Church”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Beautiful Church, with the 'Lamb of God' Panels (Featured in the Monument film) so much to see. Very spiritual

Visited August 2014
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“Much more than the Mystic Lamb”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We enjoyed our visit to this towering cathedral. Walking down Sint-Baafsplein we had fine views of the façade. The fact of it being under renovation didn't detract in the least.

There are so many lovely aspects to appreciate. The Gothic soaring columns and arches are a superb sight. They stretch along the fine aisles both central and side. The central one leads the eye to the grand Baroque altar. Another highly decorative feature is the wonderful pulpit. Great stained glass windows are numerous.

It was great to view the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb and fascinating to get more details on its truly eventful history.

Visited June 2014
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“A gem in a lovely town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Seeing the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb was so terrific. It is currently under restoration but they are doing it right, a couple panels at a time so that visitors can see the bulk of it. The audio guide was well done and the guides themselves were very helpful.

The church is huge and well worth the time to walk through all the side chapels.

Visited August 2014
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“"Absolutely must see"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

If you go to Ghent and do not go see Jan van Eyck's "The Mystic Lamb," you are missing an opportunity to see one of the greatest works of art ever made. A masterpiece of 15th Netherlandish painting, this huge altarpiece is tucked away in a corner of the cathedral and you do have to pay 4 euro to get in. You'll get an audio guide with that, so it's a small price to pay. The cathedral itself is lovely but the star of Ghent is "The Mystic Lamb." Go as early as you can so that you can avoid being boxed into a small room with too many people.

Visited August 2014
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“The Mystic Lamb”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

An unexceptional city cathedral, but a must-see for the exceptional paintings especially the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, open alterpiece. There is a small charge but a very informative audio guide is included in the price.

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