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“The poor brother to Ghent's other miraculous historic churches”

St Michael s Church
Ranked #16 of 182 things to do in Ghent
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 13, 2013

On our day walking through Ghent's historic center, of course we started with St. Bavo's, then St. Niklaas' Church, then St. Michael's Bridge, then lunch on the Graslei, and THEN we finally visited St. Michael's (with a full belly of food and a head dulled by several glasses of beer.

Luckily I did take some pictures so I was able to recall that St. Michael's is, despite not being quite as famous as his brother churches in Ghent, quite a wonderful building. For those visiting Belgium who may have chosen Ghent over Bruges as a stopping point, it is worth knowing that a copy of Michelangelo's Bruges Madonna sits in a side chapel in St. Michael's Church, and you don't have to pay anything to see it, nor will you have to contend with a crush of tour groups to get a good look at it.

That notoriety aside, St. Michael's is a classic example of Gothic architecture - unfinished, yes, but what is there is beautiful. If I visit Ghent again, I will start with St. Michael's (and then maybe visit St. James' Church, which we didn't get to) before going back to the cathedral and St. Niklaas'.

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Reviewed July 14, 2012

I don't like this church because they never finished it. There is no tower, which makes the church maybe more unique than other churches.

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Reviewed April 24, 2012

I recently went to Notre Dame, Paris and I found this church much more amazing on the inside.

You wouldn't know it from the outside but it is simply beautiful on the inside. It is light and colourful as opposed to Notre Dame's very dark interior.

The design work was amazingly intricate and we were able to wonder around and admire it with the place practically to ourselves.

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Reviewed November 7, 2017
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