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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  • Beautiful church. A very famous panel painting by Van Eyck (cannot remember the name). The stained glass windows are beautiful, and the organist was practising when we were there. A beautiful, beautif...  more »
  • We went for the Ghent Alter piece and were not disappointed! Beautiful area of the city and the cathedral itself is beautiful.  more »
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  • Beautiful gothic church. Could not visit it, but the outside is breathtaking. The impact of its arches and various intricate details makes it a photo op contender for best in Antwerp. It is best viewed from the belfry tower next to it, which can be climbed for 8 euros (2019)
  • One of the 3 towers of Ghent. Historically very important monument to the city as it is the original place of the Lamb of God or Altarpiece (see movie The Monuments Men). Certainly worth the visit.
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