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St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal)

3,166 Reviews

St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal)

3,166 Reviews
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John B wrote a review Oct 21
Brussels, Belgium263 contributions100 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: October 2020
dunadan wrote a review Apr 2020
Lynnwood, Washington2,416 contributions398 helpful votes
Our visit to St. Bavo's was exclusively to see the amazing Van Eyck Altarpiece on display there, and while the display was well worth the additional price of admission, we found the cathedral itself worthy of a visit independent of the altarpiece. Like many old cathedrals in Europe, the stained glass, construction details, sculpture, and art displayed make visiting these old churches more akin to visiting an art museum than a religious institution. The Van Eyck exhibit was a bit crowded, but worth the price to see this masterpiece, and the audio tour describes in detail the significance and meaning of the artwork. The rest of the church is worthy of your time and should not be missed during your visit.
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Date of experience: July 2019
Katharine186300 wrote a review Mar 2020
Winchester, United Kingdom282 contributions409 helpful votes
Disappointing. We had visited the van Ecyk exhibition that morning and been very impressed by the whole experience. We had good views and learnt a great deal.The pictures were well displayed and the exhibition was well policed. It then seemed logical to go to the Cathedral and see the the front of the Altarpiece the Mystic Lamb itself. The Cathedral was quite busy but the altarpiece was not where we would have expected to see it.Looking round we saw a queue and joined it. It was not an orderly queue.We paid 4 euros entry into what seemed to be a makeshift area where the altarpiece was being exhibited.There were so many people in this area that getting a good view or indeed any kind of view was difficult.Everyone was allowed in regardless of how many people were all ready in there. We stayed for a few minutes and then left disappointed. It should be better placed and managed.
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Date of experience: March 2020
Robert B wrote a review Mar 2020
Cleveland, Ohio30 contributions12 helpful votes
Completed in 1432 one of the world's first oil paintings consisting of 28 panels showing the profoundly moving scene of Christ as the crucified lamb on an altar in a huge field surrounded by angels, saints, the Dove and characters from the Old and New Testaments. Gorgeous, mind-boggling! It was stolen from this church, first by Napoleon, later by Hitler. Painted over by other artists at the request of the Church. Carefully restored to its original condition over the past 6 years with results which have shocked and thrilled the art world. You must see it to experience it!
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Date of experience: March 2020
BirdBrain99 wrote a review Mar 2020
Greater London, United Kingdom163 contributions24 helpful votes
I always marvel at the technology behind medieval buildings such as this. A great space and the monumental adornments fitting.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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