St. Bavo's Cathedral

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  • Address: Sint-Baafsplein, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
  • Timings: 08:30 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Phone: 329-2692045
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Church, Religious Site, Landmark, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Cathedral

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
  • Silverware
  • Liturgical vestments

St. Bavo's Cathedral Travel Tips

  • Audio guides available in Dutch, French, English, German, Spanish and Japanese.

Entrance Ticket Details For St. Bavo's Cathedral

  • 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

  • At Ghent Duivelsteen.
  • Tram: 1, 4 , 24.
  • Bus 3, 17, 18, 38, 39.

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  • St. Bavo's Cathedral Address: Sint-Baafsplein, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
  • St. Bavo's Cathedral Contact Number: 329-2692045
  • St. Bavo's Cathedral Timing: 08:30 am - 06:00 pm
  • Best time to visit St. Bavo's Cathedral(preferred time): 11:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit St. Bavo's Cathedral: 01:00 Hrs
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  • 92.1% of people who visit Ghent include St. Bavo's Cathedral in their plan

  • 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

Monday, Wednesday and Sunday

66.67% of people prefer walking in order to reach St. Bavo's Cathedral

People normally club together Belfort Van Gent and St. Nicholas Church while planning their visit to St. Bavo's Cathedral.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

St. Bavo's Cathedral Reviews & Ratings

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    On 24-Jun-2014

    Its a nice place to visit..

St. bavo's cathedral
  • Is it possible to buy a ticket online to visit the Cathedral with out joining an organised tour?

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    • You can buy an individual ticket to St. Bavo's Cathedral which includes an audio guide. This ticket costs 4 Euros per person. 

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