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“"Absolutely must see"”

St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal)
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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“"Absolutely must see"”
Reviewed August 17, 2014

If you go to Ghent and do not go see Jan van Eyck's "The Mystic Lamb," you are missing an opportunity to see one of the greatest works of art ever made. A masterpiece of 15th Netherlandish painting, this huge altarpiece is tucked away in a corner of the cathedral and you do have to pay 4 euro to get in. You'll get an audio guide with that, so it's a small price to pay. The cathedral itself is lovely but the star of Ghent is "The Mystic Lamb." Go as early as you can so that you can avoid being boxed into a small room with too many people.

Visited August 2014
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“The Mystic Lamb”
Reviewed August 15, 2014

An unexceptional city cathedral, but a must-see for the exceptional paintings especially the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, open alterpiece. There is a small charge but a very informative audio guide is included in the price.

Visited August 2014
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“Breathtaking”
Reviewed August 11, 2014

I'm not a religious person, but did enjoy a walk around the cathedral. The place positively oozes history and has that ooh so calming atmosphere that is associated with places of worship. 30 minutes well spent.

Visited August 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Interesting Cathedral”
Reviewed August 9, 2014

Having seen dozens of temples, mosques, shrines, churches and cathedrals (of all denominations) around the world, this one was certainly one of the more interesting, as you could clearly see the remnants of the church that had been there prior to the building of the cathedral. There is a distinct change in architectural design between the two and this is especially noticeable in the crypt.
The main building is predominantly Gothic in style with the internal décor, statues etc. similar in style to many other Catholic churches. That said, it is still very impressive in its own right, with a number of beautiful artworks and an impressive roof construction when viewed internally.

The main artwork was a little disappointing not because of the artwork but because it was difficult to see. The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb is currently sited in a small chapel to the left of the main entrance and even with a few people in there it is almost impossible to get to the centre to get a good look at the centre panel of the painting - people will just not move. Also, the paining is held too high off the ground, making it difficult to see the upper parts of the picture. That said, the quality of the artwork is fantastic - well worth a look, although having seen it we found we could examine it better on the internet - see "http://closertovaneyck.kikirpa.be".

Visited August 2014
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“Visit Even If You Have Overdosed on Churches”
Reviewed August 8, 2014

I usually visit churches and cathedrals because my wife is interested in the interiors and therefore I am ambivalent as to whether you should spend your holiday time visiting 'another church/cathedral. Do visit St Bavo's Cathedral - it was a soothing experience and you can decide whether you want to pay an entry fee to extend your visit and see Van Eyck's "Mystical Lamb" painting. You can see a copy of the painting if you visit the STAM City of Ghent Museum. There are lots of signs inside the cathedral saying no photos, however on the day we visited we saw many visitors taking photos without any protest from church guides. With free entry this cathedral is certainly worth a visit if you are doing the Ghent City Walk.

Visited August 2014
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