Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Ghent

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Named for a local saint, Saint Bavo's Cathedral, with its Gothic tower, rises high above the town center. A church or abbey has stood on the site since 942 CE, playing a pivotal role in European history, including the baptism of Charles V. The cathedral is home to a number of masterworks by local artists, such as Hubert and Jan van Eyck, as well as Justus van Gent. Don't miss Van Eyck's masterpiece "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb," displayed in a prominent position inside the chapel, and "Saint Bavo enters the Convent at Ghent" by Peter Paul Rubens, on the cathedral's walls. Visit the cathedral's website for notifications of choral concerts and regular services. To visit Saint Bavo's Cathedral and other attractions in Ghent, use our Ghent online journey planner.
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  • One of our favorite stops during the 10-day trip to Netherlands and Belgium. We started with the VR experience in the crypt area, which was a bit corny but was still engaging and informative. With... 
    One of our favorite stops during the 10-day trip to Netherlands and Belgium. We started with the VR experience in the crypt area, which was a bit corny but was still engaging and informative. With...  more »
  • There was a lot to see and the art work was interesting. The mystic lamb was the main point of interest but the whole work was excellent. 
    There was a lot to see and the art work was interesting. The mystic lamb was the main point of interest but the whole work was excellent.  more »
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  • Amazing, it's like a small Vatican, the art and sculpture are quite simply superb. It is clearly much loved and cared for. Ghent is quite possibly the most beautiful medieval city in northern Europe. The architecture is astonishing. We will be returning for a longer stay.
  • An amazing cathedral to visit. Free entry for the General area but you have to pay 12,50 for adults if you want to see the ghent alterpiece / Adoration of the Mystic Lamb which is a world treasure and a masterpiece of European art. Although it is behind glass, I highly recommended. The architecture is beautiful and you can easily spend 1.5 hours here or more. You can also buy your tickets online. English versions of the flyers and free lockers are available. Staff was friendly.

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