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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  • I always marvel at the technology behind medieval buildings such as this. A great space and the monumental adornments fitting.  more »
  • The MSK exhibition leaves us in limbo where the original Ghent altarpiece is - it is in St Bavo Cathedral! In the exhibition there are the originals of the back side, but the most important front...  more »
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  • The cathedral is pretty, with an interesting combination of stone and bricks. Overall an enjoyable visit, and they also have the famous mystic lamb piece. However they charge 4 euros to see it, which I think is extremely overpriced so I didn't pay to go in (and hence can't comment on whether it's worth the hype - it's probably not though.)
  • St. Bavo's is a beautiful church that I have visited several times over the years. On my last visit they had at last finished the renovation of the altar piece. It is truly a masterpiece. Before you visit read your way through "The Monument Men" to get the back story. Fascinating.

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