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St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal)

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Reviewed 3 days ago

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.

Date of experience: April 2019
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

For just a few euros you can view the beautiful alterpiece. It even comes with a audioguide. I recommend stopping in to see this masterpiece.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was one the big cathedral near to hotel i stayed. During evenings you can hear hymns from the cathedral organ which is good.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worth a visit to see the marble used in its creation and listen to the Cathedral organ playing hymns. Even if you’re not religious, it’s great history and a lovely building.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The church itself was stunning! But the highlight of course was the Ghent Altar Piece. It cost 4 euros but included a guide by handset. It was worth every cent!

Date of experience: April 2019
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shweta a
July 18, 2018|
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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
February 3, 2018|
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Response from Conchubar1 | Reviewed this property |
Hi there! Yes it is but not in the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb section. As applies to most Churches and Cathedrals just respect your surroundings and usually people are OK :)
April 2, 2017|
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Response from David7478 | Reviewed this property |
about 55km or so and I would advise using the train as Ghent is a busy town with lots of pedestrian traffic and cyclists. hope this helps.