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“One of the great attractions in a city that is full of them!”

St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal)
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Day Trip to Ghent from Brussels
Ranked #4 of 174 things to do in Ghent
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
New York City, New York
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“One of the great attractions in a city that is full of them!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

For history and art in Ghent, making a first stop at St. Bavo's is the perfect way to do it. The cathedral is justifiably famous for being the resting place of the beyond-extraordinary Van Eyck polyptych "Adoration of the Mystic Lamb", but it is also a truly gorgeous example of Northern Gothic architecture, with a soaring ceiling and stunning Baroque pulpit and altar.

About the Van Eyck work: while the church has an admission cost, entrance to the chapel where the Mystic Lamb is kept is by separate admission. But if you buy a City Pass, as we did for our three day visit, you are in good shape - simply present your card both when you enter the cathedral, and again when you queue up for the chapel.

Visited September 2012
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“Well worth a visit!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

Fab views and there's a lift once you get up to the first floor! Try to go on the quarter hour to see mechanism working.

Visited February 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2013

I love this place - keep on going back just to stand in front of the 'Adoration of the Mystic Lamb' The cathedral itself is also wonderful for a wander around but its that painting that holds centre stage for me.

Visited January 2013
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“Lovely museum, but the altarpiece is breathtaking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

Go to St. Bavo's to see the Ghent Altarpiece by Jan van Eyck. It is absolutely gorgeous. However, keep in mind that currently the back panels of the atlarpiece are on view at the art museum near the train station. The church itself is very nice, but really the altarpiece is the main attraction and it's worth seeing.

Visited December 2012
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“Stunning architecture and paintings”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

The cathedral is an awe-inspiring masterpiece of medieval architecture and a definite must see. Inside its vast halls are many splendid paintings by the Flemish Primitives. The sculptures of Saint Bavo and his followers behind the altar are of amazing craftmanship. I have entered the cathedral many times now as a native and every time it instills me with deepest respect for its creators.

The crypt houses some interesting historical pieces such as bishops' mantles and books, aswell as ancient tombstones. The main sight is without a doubt the Lamb of God, a huge painting set in a separate room. Unfortunately this priceless artwork can only be visited at certain hours and for a small 4 euro fee.

Visited January 2013
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