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St Bavo's Abbey

Voorhoutkaai/Spanjaardstraat, Ghent 9000, Belgium
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Voorhoutkaai/Spanjaardstraat, Ghent 9000, Belgium
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our daughter is an art historian and insisted that we see the altar--and what a delight! The whole church is fabulous, but don't miss the altar!

Thank sandramoorepope
Reviewed July 23, 2017 via mobile

The abbey is from the 7th century and the remains are still learning you a lot. Very nice is the evocation of the former church next to abbey with trees as the pillars.

Thank Blauridder
Reviewed June 3, 2017

The ruins of the medieval abbey set in a small park just a few minutes walk from Dampoort train station. A walk into the past. We saw a good [temporary] photo exhibition inside the old chapel.

Thank ritapatitamalita
Reviewed March 25, 2017 via mobile

This abbey is where the city of Ghent has been founded. It's a ruin but still very interesting to visit. Often used for exhibitions and fairs. In past times there was also a medieval church next to the abbey. This is wonderful evoked by threes...More

Thank Blauridder
Reviewed February 21, 2017

These ruins are definitely worth a visit but it only opens after April so I only saw it from the outside. You can see a lot of the old wall ruins but it would have been more interesting to see inside as well.

Thank jordanellie41
Reviewed October 2, 2016

Walked over there during opening hours to find no one there and no access. Bummer, as this was one of the things I would have really liked to see. When you have limited time in a small town like this, its frustrating to waste time...More

1  Thank Garfieldluvr
Reviewed July 26, 2016

The ruin of the former Saint Bavo Abbey is definitely worth a visit if you are interested in the early medieval Ghent. You find this museum in a small park between the river Lyss and the R40 (Kasteellaan), close to the railway station 'Dampoort'. Unfortunately...More

Thank charlesleflamand
Reviewed September 13, 2015

Very interesting place, specially if you are interested in architecture. It is amazing to see the layout of the old cathedral in green, recreated of bushes and trees.

Thank Margit D
Reviewed August 28, 2015

We tried to find this place which was incorrectly located on the tourism map provided by the city. Eventually we found it, and ventured in. There was no ticket booth, no gate, no signs, no nothing. Upon entering, we were so excited, as the whole...More

1  Thank CanuckTraveller345
Reviewed August 11, 2014

The St Bavo's Abbey is close to where we are staying and is only open to the public on Sunday afternoons - 2-6pm with no charge for entry. The visits are handled by local volunteers who have produced an excellent written history which is available...More

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