St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal)

St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal), Ghent

St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal)

St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal)
4.5
Historic Sites • Religious Sites
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
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Ronald
23 contributions
Dec 2021
If you want to see the painting of the Mystic Lamb, you can book an AR experience which is spectacular and great.
We enjoyed this very much.
Written December 25, 2021
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Ioannis Vasileiadis
Athens, Greece100 contributions
Nov 2021
I have seen so many cathedrals his in my life before. This one is different because his architecture is different. There is a beautiful statue near the cathedral!
Written December 13, 2021
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Radford S
Atlanta, GA369 contributions
Nov 2021
The history was more interesting to me than the mantel piece....

The sort version is the Nazi's stole it out of the church. Everyone thought is was lost...BUT they found it in the old salt mines the Nazi's used.

They spent a LOT of money and effort to get it restored create a protective case.. BTW it isn't small.
Written November 28, 2021
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Joric M
Lisbon, Portugal189 contributions
Oct 2021
The church has many chambers around the altar and is a MUST see while in Ghent. You do have to buy tickets in advance to see the Ghent Altarpiece. It is a cool VR tour through the crypt before viewing the Ghent Altarpiece. Amazing place.
Written October 5, 2021
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Brian R
Vienna, VA457 contributions
Sep 2021
There is so much to see, including lots that you can only see if you buy the ticket for the altarpiece. The VR tour is a bit gimmicky but still interesting and informative. We only got the basic VR tour but wished we had gotten the advanced tour (same price). Allow a minimum of 90 minutes.
Written October 5, 2021
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Richard K
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,753 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
Exceptional. Beautiful in every way. Don’t miss the tour into the back area and inside view. Tremendous place. An amazing place
Written September 22, 2021
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The World is My Oyster
Orlando, FL19,309 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Definitely reminded us of one similar large Cathedral in Prague. The architectural design is beautiful especially the back of the church. It is huge, beautiful, and slightly Gothic!
Written September 9, 2021
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Dan Lear
Ghent, Belgium127 contributions
Jan 2020
You can spend 10 minutes or 2 hours here, free to enter and even more shockingly grand inside than outside, definitely worth a visit if you are Gent
Written November 26, 2020
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore11,766 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
This is the church to visit in Ghent if time permits. Its beautifully built and has nice interior furnishing as well. Shouldn't take more than 30 mins to visit this.
Written November 8, 2020
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John B
Brussels, Belgium281 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
We were visiting Ghent for the day and mostly for the art. Thanks to COVID you have to book a time slot to visit the altarpiece and this means there are fewer people in the chapel so you get a good view

There is a helpful little film before you go in which will help you interpret the artwork. In the chapel I found it quite overwhelming to see this beautiful triptych with such beautiful colours and amazing detail. The lamb itself is very small, despite being what everyone talks about. The recent renovation and cleaning has been very successful

There was a mass in the cathedral when we visited meaning that religious music and chanting was in our ears as we visited. Very worthwhile
Written October 22, 2020
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