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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