St. Bavo's CathedralCurrently Closed
- Address: Sint-Baafsplein, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
- Timings: 08:30 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: 329-2692045
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Church, Religious Site, Landmark, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Cathedral
St. Bavo's Cathedral - Review
In the crypt of this classic Gothic church you’ll find the Romanesque remains of the chapel around which the cathedral was built. Most of what you see was built through the 14th–16th centuries, including the choir, the radiating chapels, transepts and the tower. The main draw of the church however is the magnificent altarpiece The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb. The painting has it’s own strange history: a Jan van Eyck modern Renaissance masterpiece that was brought by the Prussian King in 1821; the panels were returned to Ghent as compensation for WWI damages, a fact bitterly resented by Germany. When WWII broke out, Hitler had the whole thing brought back to Germany and stored in a salt mine.
And while the painting is the main draw, the church isn’t a lightweight either. Other Things to note include:
- The Baroque High Altar
- The Rococo pulpit
- The tombs of Ghent bishops
- Liturgical vestments
St. Bavo's Cathedral Information
- Audio guides available in Dutch, French, English, German, Spanish and Japanese.
St. Bavo's Cathedral Ticket Prices
- EUR 4 ticket is to see the painting in the chapel.
St. Bavo's Cathedral Hours
- 09:30 am to 01:00 pm for Sunday casual visitors.
How To reach St. Bavo's Cathedral by Public Transport
- At Ghent Duivelsteen.
- Tram: 1, 4 , 24.
- Bus 3, 17, 18, 38, 39.
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Things to Know Before Visiting St. Bavo's Cathedral
95% of people who visit Ghent include St. Bavo's Cathedral in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
47.96% of people start their St. Bavo's Cathedral visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see St. Bavo's Cathedral
66.67% of people prefer walking in order to reach St. Bavo's Cathedral
St. Bavo’s Cathedral is a beautiful church with picturesque glass paintings and intricate detailing on each and every sculpture. It is easy to lose yourself in it for about 30-40 minutes if you have just come for a visit. Not only is it beautiful but also has a grand and magnificent history behind it that you can read up about online!
Lovely church with excellent acoustics. Worth a visit in Bruges especially if there is a music recital on.
Beautiful place. Couldn't find tourist information on the spot though so didn't really know what I was looking at.
The best part hands down is the Ghent Alterpiece. I recommend watching at least the bbc documentary on the Northern Renaissance before seeing it, because it can really deepen your appreciation for, and understanding of, the work on so many levels. Although the audio guide is instructive, it's not quite as in depth. Asides from that, Saint Bavos is interesting for other reasons as well. Would not miss.
The reason to come here is not only architecture, but also "The Mystic Lamb", painting by Hubert and Jan van Eyck, made in 1432. And it is really wonderful! Just a pity, you cannot make a pictures here...