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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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Jewel in the crown

An absolute gem! The Van Eyck altar screen is a bonus but this is just about the only "must-see" attraction in an otherwise disappointing Ghent.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An absolute gem! The Van Eyck altar screen is a bonus but this is just about the only "must-see" attraction in an otherwise disappointing Ghent.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Another cathedral, another building packed to the brim with religious art – some people do seem to get sick to walking into churches after their 100th one, though I don't think I have hit that number just yet (however I am probably getting close to it). Anyway, the first thing I should mention is that entry is free, which is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Don't forget to go to Gent ! You will have a great time, wether you are 18 or 75. It really has it all !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The main objective of my Ghent day trip was the Van Eyck altarpiece, but the church itself is fascinating and quite beautiful. There are gorgeous sculptures, paintings and carvings, as well as stained glass. There is a smaller-scale copy of the altarpiece so that guides can describe it and others may discuss it -- respectful silence is expected in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you go to Ghent (I went to Ghent!) you must visit the Cathedral. Absolutely amazing and unlike this country, free to go in and look around, even the Crypt was free! 4 euros each to see the Van Eyck brothers alterpiece painting (1432) - audio commentary device free and variety of languages - full of really interesting information. Even... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This church is impressive both inside and out. On the outside you can see the different types of brick/stone used to make the church at different times in history. On the inside you can stroll and enjoy all the altars and artwork, as well as step downstairs and take in the crypt.

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Valencia, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A beautiful cathedral with Ruben's painting St. Bavo. The special exhibition of the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb was interesting and the audio guide was a great aid in understanding the painting. Highly recommended.

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Dusseldorf, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

... wait with a visit till 2019 when the restoration of van Eyck's altar ("The Lamb of God") will be finished! In the meantime, you have to be Content with a fine Gothic cathedral and a bis, impressing Rubens painting which would be the main attraction in 99% of all Western European cathedrals - but not in Ghent!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Lamb of God/Adoration of the Mystic Lamb altar piece is here and being restored. It really is a stunning piece of artistry. There are also many other beautiful architectural and religious offerings at this cathedral.

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Ghent, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This Cathedral has so much to offer: the first church was build on the spot in the 900. The main building you see now dater from the magnificient Schelt Gothic style of the late middle ages. It's impressive, and inside it is decorated with elements from other times as well. Of course, its biggest attraction is the painting of the... More 

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