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.
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