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St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal)

Sint-Baafsplein | Casco Historico de la Ciudad, Ghent 9000, Belgium
+32 9 225 16 26
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Sint-Baafsplein | Casco Historico de la Ciudad, Ghent 9000, Belgium
+32 9 225 16 26
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Reviewed yesterday

This cathedral contains some magnificent works of art, especially the Van Eyck altarpiece. Travelling in October is a great way to see the altarpiece because the crowds are gone. Apart from the van Eyck there is a terrific array of artwork including a Rubens of...More

Thank RomaPHILE33
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited here on a Friday in October, and was pleasantly surprised by St. Bavo’s cathedral, not only in how large it was, but how well laid it is was and the access available to the public - including the crypts! Strongly recommend putting an hour...More

Thank purple_traveller
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is one of those over-the-top edifices, full of amazing paintings and sculptures, huge in size and height, wonderful feeling of space, but too many sightseers and not easy to find quiet to pray. You have to pay to see the 'Mystic Lamb' - so...More

Thank Ian K
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

In my opinion one of the places you must visit while in Gent. Here you can also see the famous van Eyck painting.

Thank Zinzi v
Reviewed 4 days ago

We visited the cathedral primarily to see the Van Eyck altarpiece. This has been moved since I last went there and has been extensively restored - it is magnificent and the audioguide a good addition and helpful in understanding this complex work. There were few...More

Thank Veryan W
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

One of the “towers” of Ghent, this beautifully ornate church is located just off the the main old town square. Free entry and a wonderful place to just sit and view the lovely alter. Most importantly, be sure to see the Adoration of the Mystic...More

Thank HapyGuy7
Reviewed 1 week ago

A moving piece of history, especially for American history buffs who may have seen the George Clooney movie, Monument Men.

Thank lindakline9335
Reviewed 1 week ago

We looked forward to going here, and seeing a beautiful altarpiece by Van Eyck. We joined a queue straight away to pay 4 Euros to see it in it's own room. We finally got in, but literally 1 minute later, a bell sounded, a man...More

Thank lesleyframe2017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is free to enter and wonder around. However there is a fee to see the adoration of the lamb painting but it is just 4 euros.

Thank emmab10783
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely cathedral with beautiful decorations. I really enjoyed it, it's very pretty. The unfortunate thing is that for the wooden altarpiece you have to pay to see it. Loads of people in the cathedral at the time of our visit.

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2 April 2017|
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Response from David7478 | Reviewed this property |
about 55km or so and I would advise using the train as Ghent is a busy town with lots of pedestrian traffic and cyclists. hope this helps.
13 February 2016|
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Response from Kathy K | Reviewed this property |
It is my understanding that the altarpiece will not be fully restored until 2017. As the other respondents have said, you pay a fee to go into a small, crowded chapel at the back of the cathedral to see the altarpiece behind... More
Anastasia L
3 June 2015|
Response from HermesMSafiri | Reviewed this property |
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