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St. Bavo's Cathedral was an impressive Cathedral in Ghent. The artworks from Rubens and the ancient Ghent altarpiece were all stunning. Payment of entrance fee to see these displays was worthwhile. Highly recommended.
I went to Ghent primarily to see “The Adoration of the Lamb” altarpiece by Hubert and Jan Van Eyck. I’ve been on a quest to see all things Van Eyck. I love Jan’s paintings. Little did I know that I would fall in love with...More
The St. Bavo's Cathedral dominates the square and is very impressive. The pulpit, made of marble and oak, and designed by Rubens is a fantastic work of art in itself! Bu t there is so much more, including the ancient Ghent altarpiece from 1432, 'The...More
We spent half an hour walking around this gorgeous cathedral but spent an hour with the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, arriving in time to see the reverse of this magnificent 15th century masterpiece prior to the opening for the obverse. Be sure to use...More
The big draw is the Ghent Altarpiece, plus a large Rubens painting showing St. Bavo arriving at the cathedral/monastery. The cathedral itself is very large but rather unremarkable otherwise. Still, it is easy to reach and unmissable for art lovers because of the altarpiece which...More
We visited with our two children (11 and 10) and parents (65+). No mobility issues. Absolutely stunning cathedral. We didn’t do a formal tour, just walked in and walked around for about 30 minutes, well worth the stop! ((it is very clearly labeled that zero...More
Response from Johanne Y | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is confusing. What they mean is that you can see the entire piece in the cathedral but when they work on a particular panel the panel you see in the church will be a reproduction, which makes sense. This way the... More
Yes it is confusing. What they mean is that you can see the entire piece in the cathedral but when they work on a particular panel the panel you see in the church will be a reproduction, which makes sense. This way the viewer can still see the whole work of art without gaping holes because one panel is being restored. The altarpiece has side panels in "grisaille" which means they were painted in grey only. This is what the regular church viewers would see on ordinary masses but for special occasions the panels on both sides would be opened for all to see the altarpiece in glorious colour. It is worth seeing however you will appreciate it a lot more if you read its history - especially about how Hitler coveted this work of art (as did his sidekick) and how it was found in a salt mine by the "Monuments Men" and how far ahead of all other artwork it was at the time in terms of perspective. As for the last comment you made, you can see the greyed (grisaille) panels anyway by just walking around the back. If you go during the hour when they have the panels closed you may never be able to see the inside panels - which is especially what you want. Go see it. Hope this helps